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Google Scholar is a search system featuring coverage of scholarly literature, patents, and legal opinions and journals using a variation of the Google web search algorithm. There are advanced search options including author, publication, date, subject area and court fields.

After finding results, citation features link to other documents that cite the result article, and Google Scholar suggests related documents. Users can then launch another search within the citations. Full text of result documents are not necessarily (or even likely in some scenarios) available for free. Often the full document is available behind a pay wall from the copyright holder.

Major Recent Updates

In January 2011, Google updated the system with the ability to search by specific State or Federal court.[1]


  1. "Search opinions from specific courts." Google Scholar Blog, Published on January 11, 2011. Accessed on January 19, 2011.

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