PreCYdent search engine

There’s a nice article on the PreCYdent search engine in the latest issue of the ALL-SIS newsletter. Good overview with some interesting comparisons to other search engines.

“For savvy legal researchers who have access to Westlaw or LexisNexis, or know their way around a law library, PreCYdent offers something that can supplement their research needs.”

Also includes some Web 2.0 features like tagging and case ranking.

I found this comment to be particularly intriguing: “[Thomas A.] Smith is not just indexing; he is describing a natural order. ‘Thus, we view ourselves as being more true to the underlying organic structures of law than the indexers are, and certainly more true than (mere) textual searching is.’

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