Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Google Scholar corrects footnote errors in response to reader's comment

It's nice to know the good folks at Google Scholar read our blog.  A few months ago, legal research scholar and expert Chris Wren brought to our attention a flaw he'd discovered with Google Scholar.  Specifically, he found a discrepancy between the footnote numbers in certain cases indexed on Google Scholar and the "official" versions of those decisions.

As described in our earlier post, "when Chris compared the Google Scholar version of the case, State v. Greene, 2008 WI App 100, 313 Wis. 2d 211, 756 NW 2d 411, to the official one, he noticed the footnote numbers were off."

I received a nice email this morning from a member of the Google Scholar team who thanked the Legal Writing Prof Blog for bringing this discrepancy to their attention and letting me know they've got it licked:

"we have found the source of the errors you identified and I believe we have fixed the underlying problem.  I just wanted to drop you a note thanking you for pointing it out.  Please feel free to pass on any other thoughts you have about Google Scholar."

First off, don't thank me, thank Mr. Wren - legal research legend.  Next, you heard the man, loyal readers.  If you have any suggestions for improving the quality or functionality of Google Scholar please submit your comments below or email me and I'll post them here.  When the Legal Writing Prof Blog speaks, Google Scholar listens.

I am the scholarship dude.


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