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Paralegal/Legal Assisting

A collection of legal print and online resources available for SCF faculty and students

Citing a Google Scholar Case

Citing a case found in Google Scholar poses an ethical question.  You can cite directly from Google Scholar:

Citing to Cases Pulled From Google Scholar from

But consider this:

  • Google is a search tool...will your document have more authority and be more professional , if you cite it from the original court instead of taking the short route and citing from Google Scholar. 
  • Some documents are easier to 'trace' back to their roots than others. 
  • Ultimately, shouldn't I be citing a case from Westlaw and not from Google Scholar?
  • Paralegal students should use the ALWD citation format.  All other students unless directed differently by your instructor should use APA citation format.