Nice One, ABA! A Free Search Engine for Law Reviews

The ABA is now offering a free, full-text, search engine for on-line law reviews and journals. There are over 300 publications represented. The engine will also pull from document repositories that host academic papers, as well are related publications such as the Congressional Research Service Reports. Hit the jump above, check out the list of included resources, and try it out. It’s not like you have to pay anything for it!

Hat tip to Legal Writing Prof Blog.


More Free Case Law, A La Google

You may remember a while back a post here in the Studio about legal reporter and article results in Google Book Search. You can also pull case law results from Google Scholar Advanced Scholar Search. As can be seen from the search page, results cull legal opinions from federal and state courts and legal journals.

Maybe you don’t know what Google Scholar is? From the site:

Google Scholar provides a simple way to broadly search for scholarly literature. From one place, you can search across many disciplines and sources: peer-reviewed papers, theses, books, abstracts and articles, from academic publishers, professional societies, preprint repositories, universities and other scholarly organizations. Google Scholar helps you identify the most relevant research across the world of scholarly research.

Features of Google Scholar

  • Search diverse sources from one convenient place
  • Find papers, abstracts and citations
  • Locate the complete paper through your library or on the web
  • Learn about key papers in any area of research

There are date restrictions on the case law. While the Supreme Court material goes back to the 1700’s, federal and state case law begins in the 20th century.

More free and legal here in the Studio.

Hat tip to BeSpacific.

Read Well With Jotwell

BooksSensitive to the ever-increasing wealth of on-line legal scholoarship, Jotwell offers a new kind of legal journal: a review of law reviews (and articles).  Jotwell’ s purpose is to offer legal scholars and researchers insight regarding the best and brightest sources of legal thinking. The criteria for inclusion in the Jotwell journal is simply that the reviewing editor “like” the article.  The service’s tag line is “The Journal of Things We Like (Lots).”

Sponsored by the University of Miami School of Law, Jotwell is a series of linked “blogs” filled with the works of reviewing editors and contributors, overseen by a section editor. Sections are defined by areas of law. Because Jotwell is seeking to educate legal scholars unfamiliar with a particular area of the law, Jotwell reviews are written with an eye towards explaining to both specialists and non-specialists why a particular article is important.  

Jotwell’s editor in chief is Michael Froomkin at the University of Miami School of Law. Currently, section areas include administrative law, constitutional law, corporate law, criminal law, cyber law, intellectual property, legal profession and tax but more sections are anticipated.

You can subscribe to Jotwell via the usual methods, via RSS and your feed reader or via email subscription or via regular trips to the Jotwell page.

Jotwell certainly represents an interesting new resource for digesting legal scholarship.

Hat tip to Simon Chester at Slaw.

First the Insurance Journal, and Now The New England Journal Of Medicine …

Journal of Medicine… is on Facebook! The Journal has its own Fan Page, with almost 4,000 fans. The site will allow readers to link to articles and a Journal podcast. Kudos to another industry or scholarly publication connecting with its base via the social web!

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