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Google Changes Format of Legal Citator

I suspect that most of you know that Google Scholar offers full text federal and state court opinions. But did you know that it also offers a citator similar to (although not as extensive as) Shepards or KeyCite? This feature allows you to find significant citing decisions for a case.

Google has recently announced that it has changed the way that it presents these citing decisions. Previously, it had sorted by prominence, but it will now sort them by the extent of discussion of the cited case.

To access the citator, view a case in Google Scholar by entering the citation in the search box - try, for example, 603 F. 3d 181.

At the top you should see two tabs: the default tab is "Read this Case" and the other one is "How cited." If you click on the latter, you'll get the following screen.

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Note that in the middle it shows you how other cases have quoted your case. On the right you'll see a list of cases that have cited your case, sorted by depth of treatment as described above.