Documents range from Federal court documents to state documents and decisions. A simple search of the term DUI turns up thousands of DUI cases which can then be reviewed and analyzed for research. The same goes for other search terms such as assault, homicide, or drugs. These documents can be filtered and organized by date or relevance. Alerts may be created so that users are notified when documents containing specific search terms are added to the database.
Google Scholar covers a range of literature for scholars including articles, books and theses. There are several smartphone apps for both iOS and Android that allow users from mobile devices to quickly search and browse results from Google Scholar. As tablet use in the courtroom is becoming more accepted, this can help when results are needed quickly from a mobile device.
The Google Scholar database is extensive and search results are returned in typical Google fashion, with the most relevant at the top. For lawyers, lawyer's aides or other legal researchers, this free, yet valuable, service form Google should not be overlooked. For lawyers on the go, its mobile capabilities are practically unbeatable.
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