You Google, of course. But do you Soople? As a word, soople is said to derive from an early English dialect and mean to soften or make supple. As a Web site, Soople is pretty much Google for dummies. It's one of several search tools we'll show you that, although little known, are of practical use to lawyers. Before you know it, you'll be a master of meta searches and more.
By Robert J. Ambrogi|June 24, 2004 at 12:00 AM
Thank you for sharing!
Your article was successfully shared with the contacts you provided.
You Google, of course. But do you Soople? As a word, soople is said to derive from an early English dialect and mean to soften or make supple. As a Web site, Soople, www.soople.com, is Google for dummies. It’s one of several search tools that, although little known, are of practical use to lawyers. Google, www.google.com, has a front page so Spartan that the casual user might never suspect that it is home to an array of search power tools. Even going to Google’s advanced-search page fails to reveal the site’s full power. Soople offers a more forthright approach, providing explicit gateways to Google’s advanced search features. Soople’s creator calls it “easy expert search,” and says he did it for his mother. From Soople’s front page, you can conduct a normal Google search, or choose more narrow inquiries. Limit your search to sites that focus on particular topics. Search for specific types of files, such as a Word document or a gif image. Search only within a specified Web site or domain. Even search by courier tracking number or patent registration number. Soople devotes a second page to Google’s little-known calculator functions. Perform simple calculations and conversions, or use more advanced trigonometric and logarithmic functions. Calculate percentages and square roots, or determine the number of possibilities within a set of variables. A third Soople page provides entr�e to Google’s tools for finding people, places, phone numbers and addresses. Taking a road trip? Use this tool to search for a sushi restaurant in Chicago or a movie theater in Minneapolis. Soople also provides an interface to Google’s translation tools and its “superfilter,” combining multiple filters in a single search. NEW SPIN ON META SEARCH Power searchers rarely rely on a single search engine. Queryster, www.queryster.com, is a tool that puts a new spin on meta- searching, which refers to searching across multiple search engines from a single interface. By default, Queryster submits your search to 10 of the most popular search engines — Google, WiseNut, LookSmart, Ask, DMOZ, Yahoo, AlltheWeb, AltaVista, Teoma and Hotbot. You can customize it to query any of more than 25 popular search engines. Queryster’s front page displays the logos of the search sites you have selected. Clicking on any one makes it your default search site. Enter your query, and Queryster takes you to a page showing the results from your default search site. Still displayed across the top of the page are the logos of the other search sites you have selected. Click any of those to bring up your search results from that site. Queryster makes it easy to search multiple sites and quickly compare results. You can restrict your search to narrower “channels” — shopping, news, reference, images — and also search only Web logs. VISUALIZING SEARCH RESULTS Is anything to be gained by searching across multiple sites? If you have any doubt about the answer, visit Thumbshots Ranking, ranking.thumbshots.com, a tool that graphically compares search results on different search engines. It shows you how results compare in ranking and position on each site. You can elect to highlight your own or some other site and get a clear picture of how it rates. I searched for “rockport lawyer” and compared the results on Google and Yahoo. Out of the top 100 links from each site, only 10 overlapped, meaning that each had 90 links that the other did not. The same comparison between Google and AltaVista brought similar results. Now that you are convinced of the need to query multiple search engines, here is another new meta-search tool to try: ZapMeta, www.zapmeta.com. Separating it from the pack are several options for quickly viewing the sites that match your search results. ZapMeta submits your query to seven major search engines (although Google is not one of them) and sorts the results by relevance. Many of the results include a “snapshot” image of the Web page along with the usual text excerpt. Each search result also has three other unusual viewing options. “Quick View” opens a window directly on the results page that displays the listed site. Click again to close the window. “Past Versions” sends a search to the Internet Archive, www.archive.org/web/web.php, and displays any older versions of the page stored there. As with most search engines, clicking on a result takes you to that page. But ZapMeta lets you instead click on a small window icon to open the page in a new browser window, with the results still displayed in the first window. OTHER LITTLE-KNOWN TOOLS Here are some other, more focused, search sites you may not have know about:
This content has been archived. It is available exclusively through our partner LexisNexis®.
To view this content, please continue to Lexis Advance®.
LexisNexis® is now the exclusive third party online distributor of the broad collection of current and archived versions of ALM's legal news publications. LexisNexis® customers will be able to access and use ALM's content by subscribing to the LexisNexis® services via Lexis Advance®. This includes content from the National Law Journal®, The American Lawyer®, Law Technology News®, The New York Law Journal® and Corporate Counsel®, as well as ALM's other newspapers, directories, legal treatises, published and unpublished court opinions, and other sources of legal information.
ALM's content plays a significant role in your work and research, and now through this alliance LexisNexis® will bring you access to an even more comprehensive collection of legal content.
Take a deep dive into leading Artificial Intelligence tools built to automate the process of finding text in your agreements. This report lays out a framework that you can follow to evaluate these tools to make sure you are selecting the right one and using it in the right way.
With this subscription you will receive unlimited access to high quality, online, on-demand premium content from well-respected faculty in the legal industry. This is perfect for attorneys licensed in multiple jurisdictions or for attorneys that have fulfilled their CLE requirement but need to access resourceful information for their practice areas.
Our Team Account subscription service is for legal teams of four or more attorneys. Each attorney is granted unlimited access to high quality, on-demand premium content from well-respected faculty in the legal industry along with administrative access to easily manage CLE for the entire team.
Gain access to some of the most knowledgeable and experienced attorneys with our 2 bundle options! Our Compliance bundles are curated by CLE Counselors and include current legal topics and challenges within the industry. Our second option allows you to build your bundle and strategically select the content that pertains to your needs. Both options are priced the same.
Dynamically explore and compare data on law firms, companies, individual lawyers, and industry trends.
Exclusive Depth and Reach.
Legal Compass includes access to our exclusive industry reports, combining the unmatched expertise of our analyst team with ALM’s deep bench of proprietary information to provide insights that can’t be found anywhere else.
Big Pictures and Fine Details
Legal Compass delivers you the full scope of information, from the rankings of the Am Law 200 and NLJ 500 to intricate details and comparisons of firms’ financials, staffing, clients, news and events.
Webcast Date: Tuesday, August 6, 2019 | Join a panelist group of experts as they discuss: what’s new, what’s stayed the same, and the new guidance when responding to preservation obligations, incorporating changes in the Federal Rules, developments in state and federal case law, global privacy regulations, and legal hold best practices.
As part of your digital membership, you can sign up for an unlimited number of a wide range of complimentary newsletters.
Visit your My Account page to make your selections. Get the timely legal news and critical analysis you cannot afford to miss.
Tailored just for you. In your inbox. Every day.