Finding significant citations for legal opinions – Google Scholar Blog

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Allowing users to find citing documents for an article is a key feature of Google Scholar.Ever since they added legal opinions,  legal researchers have asked them to make it easy to find significant citing decisions for a case – that is, decisions that discuss a case at some length, possibly supporting it, overturning it or differentiating it from others.

They are changing how they present citations to legal opinions. Now, instead of sorting the citing documents by their prominence, Scholar sorts them by the extent of discussion of the cited case. Opinions that discuss the cited case in detail are presented before ones that mention the case briefly. They indicate the extent of discussion visually and indicate opinions that discuss the cited case at length, that discuss it moderately and those that discuss it briefly. Opinions that don’t discuss the cited case are left unmarked. For example, see opinions citing Dique v. New Jersey State Police, 603 F. 3d 181.

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