Google’s Attempt to Takeover the World Reaches New Levels

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Mark of New Jersey

Mark is a Founding Editor of The League of Ordinary Gentlemen, the predecessor of Ordinary Times.

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  1. Avatar Aaron
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    So far, through an advanced search, Google Scholar lets you search case law by state, but not by court level or by federal circuit. It relies upon Google’s search algorithm which, although very good, offers a fraction of the power of what you can do through the practiced use of boolean searches on Westlaw or Lexis. Westlaw has added some innovative ‘extras’, supplementing searches with links to secondary sources that you can read even if you don’t subscribe to the database from which they’re drawn, to try to keep people (like me) paying them lots of money each month for access to their databases; I’m not sure what Lexis presently offers in that regard. Both also offer access to case history.

    It will be interesting to see what Lexis does with LexisOne, or Westlaw does with FindLaw, in response to this development. It will also be interesting to see if Google Scholar links start displacing the sites that presently offer free case law, whether substantive (like Cornell’s Legal Information Institute or Findlaw) or the sites that have reproduced case law as a cheap way to pad out their content.

    And when are statutes coming? 😉Report

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