If you go to Google Scholar you will notice that it is now sporting a new button below the search box titled “Legal opinions and journals”. Google has made full text legal opinions from U.S. federal and state district, appellate and supreme courts available on Google Scholar. Select the button to search for a specific legal case or for cases by keyword. Once you run your search three advanced search or limiters appear at the top of the page in the form of drop down menus which allow you some other options such as focusing the time period or narrowing your search to a federal case. If you click on the advanced menu option in the first drop down or use the “Advanced Scholar Search” link that is next to the main search box you can narrow your search to court opinions from any of the fifty states. Of course, you can also use the “Advanced Scholar Search” to further specify the terms of your search as well just like you would with a typical search in Google Scholar.
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