Thursday, November 18, 2004

Google Launches Scholarly Search Engine

Google has released the beta version of a new service that searches the web for
academic material. The new service is called Google Scholar, and its motto is "Stand
on the shoulders of giants." Search results include information from the "invisible web," i.e., information that search engines usually cannot find because of password or other restrictions, and even sources not available electronically.

For documents not available electronically or available only to subscribers,
Google Scholar search results provide author, title, citation information, and an abstract. There are also links for "Library Search," which enables you to search WorldCat for the item in a library near you, and "Web Search," which searches the web for more information on the item.

For more information, see:

About Google Scholar;

Google Scholar Offers Access To Academic Information, by Danny Sullivan, at

Big News: "Google Scholar" is Born, by Shirl Kennedy and Gary Price, at ResourceShelf.

Monday, November 15, 2004

Words of Encouragement Before Exams

Jeremy Richey, a second year law student at an unnamed Illinois law school has words of encouragement to help you make it through your exams. He tells how he came to know that as long as he works hard and is prepared, he is not going to fail. "All law students can pass their exams, and the overwhelming majority of students will. To heck with fear - let's focus on the task ahead of us." Read A Few Words of Encouragement at Jeremy Richey's Blawg. Thanks to Notes from the (Legal) Underground for the link.

Tuesday, November 09, 2004

The Law Plays Itself on Television

Julie Hilden analyzes How Top Shows Depict Lawyers and The Legal Process, and how unrealistic TV depictions are affecting real lawyers and the practice of law, on FindLaw's Writ.

Tuesday, November 02, 2004

Can a Cow Ever Be a "Motor Vehicle"?

In the case of Mayor v. Wedding, 2003-Ohio-6695, the Ohio Court of Appeals was asked to determine whether a cow is a "motor vehicle" for purposes of uninsured motorist insurance coverage. Read the Court's opinion from the Supreme Court of Ohio web site. Then check out William W. Bedsworth's humorous critique of the case. Thanks to Ernie the Attorney for these links.

Monday, November 01, 2004

Rawblog Follows Ohio Election Litigation

Law professor Peter Friedman maintains RAWDATA, the home page of CWRU Law School's Legal Research, Analysis, & Writing course. On the side, literally, he writes a blog about important developments in the legal arena. Most recently he has been keeping track of election litigation in Ohio. Check out this side-by-side blog and web site at

BoleyBlogs! is Back

BoleyBlogs!, the legal research blog of Lewis & Clark Law School's Boley Law Library, has moved to a new site after a brief sabbatical. You can now find it on the law library's web site at The link for the RSS feed is Check out the new library web site and blog. The new design was well worth the wait.