This page was inspired by a recent conference presentation I saw that focused, like much of this blog, on extensions and tweaks for Mozilla’s Firefox or Google’s Chrome Web browsers. The legal profession is predominantly using the Microsoft Internet Explorer browser, however, probably at even greater levels than the general population. It is sometimes hard to determine what add-ons or extensions work for Microsoft Internet Explorer, because there is no comprehensive central marketplace for available resources.
Here is a chart with a list of free extensions that can help your online research and the browsers for which they are available. It’s not comprehensive, but it has a number of resources that are available to 3 or more browsers.
I have made a selection for each category and browser but there may be other options. Keep in mind that the add-on may be for a particular version of the Web browser or require a particular operating system, so they may not install for the version you are running. You can also go directly to sites like IEAddons.com for Internet Explorer, Mozilla’s Add On site, Google’s Web Store (or the old extension site), Safari Addons, and the Userscripts.org site to find tweaks for all major Web browsers.
Feel free to add your own favorite research-related extensions or add-ons in the comments!
- Click the icon that matches YOUR browser to go directly to an available extension. If the icon is grayed out, then I didn’t provide a link.
- Hold your mouse pointer over the icon before you click it. I have added a tool tip for each icon to try to help you before you click away.
|Access Internet Explorer-designed Sites without Internet Explorer|
|Case Law Citation Locator|
|Citation Management with Zotero (free)|
|Diigo Web Highlighter and Research Manager [FLI post on Diigo]|
|Evernote Web Clipper [FLI post on Evernote]|
|Google Search Result Term Jumping / Highlighting|
|Google Scholar Star Pagination for Cases [FLI post on pagination]|
|Greplin Personal Cloud Search [FLI post on Greplin]|
|Instapaper Deferred Reading|
|Surf Canyon Personalized Search Results|