Tuesday, January 18, 2011

A significant improvement to Google Scholar that lets you research by jurisdiction

This is big.  Google Scholar has added a feature that makes it more competitive with the Wexis - you can now search cases by state and federal jurisdiction.  From the WisBlawg:

As you may already know, Google Scholar offers an excellent collection of free federal and state case law for the following years of coverage.

Sup. Ct. pre 1776?
Fed. Circ. Cts. 1924?
Fed. District Cts. varies
States vary (most mid 1950s?)

Using the advanced search page, you've always been able to limit your search to a particular state, but now users may limit to specific courts and jurisdictions. You can even mix and match your selections.
Source: Robert Ambrogi's LawSites

Hat tip to the Legal blog Watch.



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