A comparison of Google Scholar, Fastcase, Casemaker, LexisNexis, WestlawNext, and Bloomberg

A great resource for lawyers and law students by by Carole A. Levitt and Mark Rosch.  Their findings may surprise you.

The premise:

We also thought it would be a good opportunity to compare three of the most popular free and low-cost case law databases (Google Scholar, Fastcase, Casemaker) and their citator services, with the more expensive databases (LexisNexis, WestlawNext, and
Bloomberg) and their citator services. It goes without saying that Google Scholar, Fastcase, Casemaker’s citators do not provide the editorial comment that LexisNexis, WestlawNext, and Bloomberg do. Instead, we were focusing on how well each citator worked. We decided to use the 2010 Tienda case for our test case to see if each citator listed the same citing opinions to Tienda. And, of
course, we wanted to learn if the 2010 Tienda case was still good law.

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