Search the InSITE database by topic or keyword to locate Web sites on a
law-related subject. The database is an indexed compilation of all the Web
annotated in individual issues of InSITE since its inception in February
Each database entry includes the text of the InSITE annotation provided by
Law librarians, as well as subject terms and topical keywords appropriate
for the site.
A hyperlink to the site itself is also provided. In some cases, we have
the status of a site as "Inactive" or "Updated," along with a date
the status was determined. "Inactive" means that, when we last visited the
we were unable to access it. "Updated" means that there has been a change
(often in the URL) in the site since the annotation for it was created.
The database provides the updated URL, when available.
The database allows you to customize your query by specifying which elements of
the database you would like to search.
Search options include:
Searching by title or partial title of the site
Searching by URL (i.e., Internet address) or URL fragments
Choosing from a list of pre-selected subject terms
Topical keyword searching
Free-text keyword searching on most fields, including the
Combining multiple-field searches with the Boolean operators "and"
Using Boolean operators (and/or) to broaden or limit your search
The InSITE database allows you to tailor your search strategy using the
Boolean operators "and" and "or." The Boolean option buttons appear near
the top of the search screen; the default value is "and." Keep in mind
that using the "or" Boolean operator allows you to cast the widest net in
your search, and the "and" operator narrows your search according to the
parameters you specify. If you choose the "or" option, it means that words
you enter within a search field will be searched individually, and that
words entered in different fields will be searched separately from words in
other fields. So, entering a phrase such as journal of law and religion
in the title field, with the "or" option turned on, will retrieve every
site that contains the word "journal" in its title, every site that
includes the word "of" in its title, every site that contains the word
"law" in its title, and so on. In order to search journal of law and
religion as a phrase, set the Boolean option button to "and." Selecting
the "and" option ensures that your search result will match on every word
entered in the search field(s).
Sample search 1:
You are looking for Web sites having to do with criminal
law. For the broadest, most comprehensive search on this topic, you
Select the option "Match any words within and between fields (OR)"
near the top of the search screen
Select the topic "Criminal Law" from the scroll-down "Topics" list
Type the word criminal in the "Title", "Other keywords", and
Make sure the search option on the individual
fields is set to "contains", which is the default value.
Click on the "Start Search" button
The database will search for occurrences of the word "criminal" in any
position in the "Title," "Other keywords," and "Annotation" fields, and for
the subject phrase "Criminal Law" in the "Topics" field. Any record in the
database that fits even one of these search criteria will be returned as a
Sample search 2:
You are searching the database for Journal of Law and
Religion, issued by Hamline University School of Law. One possible
approach to this search is to:
Select the option "Match All Words within and between fields (AND)"
near the top of the search screen (this is the default value)
Type the word religion in the "Title" field
Select the topic "Religion" from the scroll-down "Topics" list
Click on the "Start Search" button
This is an efficient, fairly specific search for a known site that
retrieves only those records that include the word religion somewhere in
the "Title" field as well as the word
"Religion" in the "Topics" field; the search result will conform to both search
parameters. To narrow the search even further, you could have included the
hamline in the URL field on the search screen. In doing this, you make the
that an online journal issued by Hamline University will include "Hamline"
somewhere in its URL.