In my online and live CLE on free legal research, I discuss the many benefits of using Google Scholar. This post addresses one of those benefits.
Most free services do not allow users to run searches with proximity connectors. Thus, if you want to find cases where “warrantless” and “search” and “vehicle” appear in the same sentence or paragraph, you generally cannot. But Google Scholar has a little-known proximity connector—AROUND.
Well, I promised you an explanation of why Google Scholar will not put LexisNexis or Westlaw out of business. Here is the promised post.
1. You cannot use proximity connectors. Thus, if you want to find cases where “tortious interference” appears in the same sentence or paragraph as “improper conduct,” you cannot. But Google Scholar does have one little known proximity connector—AROUND.
If you have not tried Google Scholar for your legal research needs, you should. This post will explain why—or fail trying.
1. It is free. We all like free research, right?
2. You can find federal and state cases with Google Scholar’s powerful search algorithm (similar to WestlawNext and Lexis Advance), and it will likely return relevant results even if you do not use the proper search terms. Its algorithm works best for issues that are commonly litigated.