The legal research blogosphere was full of discussion today about Google Scholar’s addition of free legal content. Here’s the announcement from the Google Blog. When you head to Google Scholar you’ll notice you can restrict your search to “Legal opinions and journals.” The Advanced Scholar Search will allow you to restrict your search by jurisdiction. Internet For Lawyers reports that the coverage of court opinions is as follows:
– 1 US 1 (pre 1776-)
– 1 F 2d 1 (1924-)
– F Supp Cases
– US State Cases (1950-)
This is certainly not as sophisticated a tool as Lexis or Westlaw, but it is free and is a welcome addition to the legal research world.