The New York Law School’s Mendik Library has recently developed DRAGNET, a search tool that allows the user to find a topic simultaneously in more than 80 legal web sites and databases. DRAGNET stands for “Database retrieval access using Google’s new electronic technology. ”
DRAGNET was developed over the summer by librarians at the New York Law School’s Mendik Library, using Google’s free custom search option. In addition, they used the same search tool to track 150 law journals with free online content at Law Reviews with Online Content.
Because it is provided by an educational institution, Google allows the site to run ad-free.
This federated search returns results in less than one second, but the response is limited to 100 hits, so they encouraged users to be very specific and suggest that they add the year 2010, if they want the most current information. The same sort of project could also be set up for other specialties such as medicine and education.