Saturday, February 6, 2010

New Blog for Indian Legal Research

I would like to highlight the Legal Research India blog recently started by Arjun Sheoran, student at the National Law School of India University. Essentially, the blog allows readers/users to search the web for relevant legal materials. The search is a Google custom search; with the advantage that it is restricted to some selected websites, listed here – so the results are likely to be more relevant for those engaged in Indian legal research than a general Google search. According to the homepage of the blog, “Legal Research India provides customized search engines for legal research for Indian and foreign law as it searches relevant websites only. It can be used searching for judgments, legislations, articles, journals, reports or any other legal information/material from India, UK, USA or any other jurisdiction…” I have not used it too much yet; but in the couple of instances when I did use it, I found it extremely helpful. I hope the readers of this blog find it useful too.


Mihir Naniwadekar said...

I just received the following comment from Arjun Sheoran who has started the blog:

Thank you for writing the post Mihir. The whole idea was to minimise the time wasted on finding the right legal research as an ordinary google throws up results which are sometimes very irrelevant for law students/practitioners.
I've made the blog very recently, and I have included only certain websites it, and haven't made too many modifications. Therefore, I would love to get user feedback from anyone who uses it, with suggestions about other custom google search engines that can be added (maybe ones looking at specific areas of law, like one for corporate law, another for taxation etc and maybe having one search engine only with open access content so individuals without access to subscription based websites can use it as well).
Please mail me at with your suggestions and comments.

Shashank said...

A very good effort indeed.

Reader's may also be interested in the Cornell Law Library's Legal Research Engine (available at: ). It too uses Google customized searches. I've been using it for over a year now and can vouch for its filtering abilities.


Arjun Sheoran said...

Thanks for the information Shashank. I've added Cornell university law library's search engine to the blog as well, as I found it to be quite useful as well, especially because they've done quite a bit of work in making sure that their search results are relevant. The fact that it can search through numerous legal blogs, world legislations and judgments also helps.
I have also made the home page a lot simpler, as all search engines are placed close to each other, so that a user will not waste time scrolling down the website. The list of websites that the search engines search are made into a new page, to avoid cluttering the home page.
Next on the agenda is a search engine for different fields of law (I'll start with one for tax), and also one for open access law journals.
Please do have a look at the blog and let me know what you think.

Harshal Kulkarni said...

Nice, it will definitely help all the legal and CAs, ICWAS& CS.Indian Corporate Law is also very informative. Keep writing and make people literate.

Anonymous said...

thanks for the link...i was researching for my project and it really made my job much simpler by streamlining the results!

Arjun Sheoran said...

I am reproducing a post from my blog:
Launch of LAWKHOJ.COM (with the Best Indian Legal Search Engines)
Dear Friends

I am very happy to announce the launch of my website LAWKHOJ.COM, in collaboration with my friend Rahul Sarin, which will provide customized search engines for Indian and foreign legal research. So, now you can do all your Indian legal research at Law Khoj Indian Legal Search Engine. You can also use other search engines like the Openly Accessible Journals Law Khoj (for open/free access journals), U.K. Law Khoj (for judgments and laws from the United Kingdom), U.S. Law Khoj (US legal resources) and World Law Khoj. Cornell University's legal search engine (US focus) will also be available.

The biggest benefit of shifting to Law Khoj is that the website loads very quickly (as compared to this blog or even and you'll enjoy a simple and clutter free interface. We have also added a number of new websites/blogs in the search index and have provided facility of labelling/categorisation. Thus, all websites have been categorised and labelled according to the kind of content they make available. Therefore, you can choose to search only sites of Central Government ministries, or look through blogs/judgments/legislation only or even search only through freely available or paid content.

You can find out more about the in the "About" page. There is also a page about "How Law Khoj Works" and "How To Make Your Searches More Relevant" which gives ways of getting the most relevant results.

Our effort would be to expand the list of indexed websites overtime and it'll also be our endeavor to make the Indian legal research as convenient as possible. Therefore, its our humble request that you should kindly try out the different search engines for Indian and foreign legal research. If you think that your search experience can be further improved by adding some website to our index or you have any other suggestions regarding the search results or any other general comments, kindly head over to the Contact Us page and shoot us an email. As Law Khoj still in beta stage we request you to kindly excuse any errors/mistakes.

Thanks again for your support for this blog, and I hope the same with continue with Law Khoj.


Arjun Sheoran
for Legal Research India and

PS: I will be deleting the search engines from the blog so that you can experience in a better manner without undue confusion.

Ricky said...

Thanks To Mihir Naniwadekar-

Thank u for providing this information about Legal research.
Legal research is the process of characterising and retrieving information essential to support legal decision-making.Legal research considers each step of a course of action that gets with an analysis of the facts of a problem and concludes with the application and communication of the results of the research.

This blog very helpful for Us.