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Legal Research and Writing

Developing a Search Query

Developing a Search Query

Learn about the differences between and among Boolean and proximity connectors to craft searches to retrieve highly relevant results.


Searching an online legal research system is as much art as science. Any novice legal researcher can type a few words into the Google-style search box and find something. But what distinguishes a skilled legal researcher from an ordinary legal researcher is an understanding of search logic, including Boolean and proximity connectors, which is the subject of this lesson.

Legal researchers who approach online research with the expectation that a single search will retrieve every relevant...