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Improved Google Scholar More Useful to Lawyers

When Google Scholar was introduced back in late 2009, we noted here that "there's no ignoring a 1,000-pound gorilla. Google's entry into the area of legal research is definitely a game changer for the entire legal industry." Google Scholar's impact on Westlaw and LexisNexis, however, was no doubt limited by the fact that its search functionality was nowhere near as sophisticated.

Last week Google Scholar announced (via WisBlawg) that it has taken another step forward, enhancing its "Advanced Search" capability to allow users to select a specific federal jurisdiction or state for their search. Users simply select the specific federal court or other jurisdictions they wish to search by checking the appropriate box (see below). The more refined and timely Google Scholar becomes, the more lawyers can actually consider using it in their practice over other fee-based options.

Google Scholar Advanced


Posted by Bruce Carton on January 18, 2011 at 01:14 PM | Permalink | Comments (3)


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