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Is Free Legal Research Good Enough to Bank a Case On?

Posted Nov 28, 2009 6:57 PM CDT
By Molly McDonough

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News this month that Google Scholar now gives lawyers (and anyone with an Internet connection) access to case law going back 50 to 80 years has us wondering how often you use free search tools to do your legal research.

Is Google Scholar likely to give West and Lexis a run for their money, as some earlier reviewers predict?

Or are these well-equipped companies improving with enough added benefit—briefs databases, access to unpublished opinions—to give their subscribers a competitive advantage?

Answer in the comments below.

Read answers to last month’s Tech Question: Is Google Enough for You Anymore?

Featured Answer:

Posted by Liz: “Google has annoying ads, but I’m used to using it. Bing seems to find almost as much as Google, but it filters out the barely relevant docs that almost never are relevant. Unfortunately for Bing, that leaves me feeling like I’m missing something. So now I compulsively check both, and feel annoyed that I can’t stop.”


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