DRAGNET stands for “Database Retrieval Access using Google’s New Electronic Technology,” a specialized search feature developed by librarians at New York Law School. This feature enables you to “drag the net” through a group of free law-related Web resources. A DRAGNET search is like a Google search, except that it runs in only a selected group of websites. We currently offer DRAGNET search capabilities in three of our Library webpages:

DRAGNET: Search of Free Legal Databases This is a DRAGNET search across approximately 80 websites chosen by our Library staff for their reliability and general utility to legal researchers. Your DRAGNET results page offers tabs that enable you to refine your search results in useful ways. To see a list of the websites you’re searching, click here.


DRAGNET: Constitutions and Codes

This page enables you to run a search across free websites containing the full text of constitutions, codified statutes, and codified regulations of the federal government and the 50 states.

Law Reviews with Online Content

On this page, the Library links to approximately 150 online legal journals whose websites offer free access to their current issue. Most of the sites include many back issues as well. The page contains a DRAGNET search bar that lets you simultaneously search the full text of all issues found in those journals’ free websites.