As Google continues to work toward total search domination (assuming they’re
not already there), they do come up with some pretty nifty stuff. One
of the latest developments,
Google Scholar, is a search engine that’s still in beta form and is, according
to Google, a “simple way to broadly search for scholarly literature.
From one place, you can search across many disciplines and sources: articles,
theses, books, abstracts and court opinions, from academic publishers,
professional societies, online repositories, universities and other web
sites. Google Scholar helps you find relevant work across the world of
According to an article on the American Bar Association site (
http://www.abajournal.com/news/article/google_offers_legal_research_for_the_average_citizenand_lawyers_too), one purpose of the search engine is to open up legal research to the
average citizen. In the past, this type of research has often required
extremely expensive search engine subscriptions or confusing trips to
the local law library.
Next time you face a legal conundrum, finding an answer could be as easy
as finding a picture of Angelina Jolie . . . just Google it!