GoogleScholarThe next time you to need to legal research, consider using Google Scholar.

Google Scholar has a rather impressive library of judicial opinions, and if you have a citation you can probably find it. The information is more raw, however, and Google Scholar does not organize the results in the same manner as Westlaw or LexisNexis—which generally will organize any caselaw searches from most relevant to least relevant.

The raw natural language search function, however, is arguably on the same level as Westlaw, LexisNexis, or Fastcase. I did the same search in Fastcase and Google Scholar and got almost the same results—but Google Scholar was much faster. Natural language searches should be as effective, if not more effective, using because Google’s search engine uses better search algorithms.

Google Scholar also displays the entire case, not just the citation. For the cases I viewed, citations were also hyperlinked (just like Westlaw, LexisNexis, and Fastcase). There is also a tab called “how cited” which provides quick quotes and links to the cites.

Overall, Google Scholar is fairly useful for a free product—and at least as good as Fastcase.

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