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News Flash: Google Scholar Contains an Error

This morning on the FourthAmendment.com blog, it was reported that Google Scholar has a boo boo. Apparently, the citations that should link to the Supreme Court's decision in Virginia v. Moore all linked to the order denying the ABA's request to participate as amicus, rather than the decision on the merits.

Noooooooo! Obviously, such a revelation takes on greater importance since the service is relatively new (see Bob Ambrogi's introductory post from November), and since the question of whether free legal research services can ever rise to the level of competitiveness with the "Wexisberg" triumverate remains much on the minds of those who watch the industry.

Glitches like this are also found among the gazillions of documents maintained by the big boys, of course. And have been the subject of serious scholarly works.

John Wesley Hall, who maintains FourthAmendment.com, had, just the other day, proclaimed himself a huge fan of Scholar, an opinion that was echoed by Orin Kerr at the Volokh Conspiracy. I'm sure this one little bug won't dampen enthusiasm.

Posted by Eric Lipman on April 6, 2010 at 03:33 PM | Permalink | Comments (1)

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