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 scholarly research.”
According to an article on the American Bar Association site, 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!