Is Google taking over the Western World? Legal Opinions on Google

You can now find “full text legal opinions from U.S. federal and state district, appellate and supreme courts” using Google Scholar.  It is not a comprehensive database but is designed to help the average person find significant cases by searching for case name (for example, Planned Parenthood v. Casey), or by topics (like desegregation) or other queries like separate but equal.   You can then explore cases that are related to your case by clicking on Cited by and law review articles that discuss your case using the Related articles link on search result pages.

Keep in mind that at the Alameda County Law Library, you can access comprehensive databases such as Westlaw, Lexis and HeinOnline among others at no charge (except for printing).

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