Google Scholar Updates Search Interface | Hides, Reduces Advanced Search Functionality
Google appears to be testing out a redesign to its Google Scholar interface that integrates the service’s Advanced Search page into a drop-down menu to the right of the search box. Google labels it “our new modern look,” while we label it a major hindrance to those using Google Scholar to conduct case law research. It’s a hindrance for two reasons:
- it’s hidden (see Illustrations 1 and 2) and
- it no longer allows you to “Select specific courts” as you used to be able to (see Illustrations 3 and 4). Instead, Google forces you into a time consuming two-step process where you first run a search and then after viewing your results, which include every state and federal court, you are allowed to narrow down to the court(s) you wanted to search in the first place (see illustration 5).
See the end of this article for two options to work around this new redesign.
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