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I had no idea this worked on scholar. I happened to try it out for giggles. For each of the following tips start at and enter the search strings including the quotes. Or just cut-n-paste them.

Word level wildcards: "limitations * fraud * years"

limitations for fraud (3 years
limitations for fraud (five years)

More flexible: "limitations * * fraud"

limitations period for fraud
Limitations if the fraud

That got me interested enough to actually look for some google scholar documentation. I found some here:

Where I found an AROUND operator such that the query:

limitations AROUND(3) fraud

Returns all matches where fraud occurs within three words of limitations.

Sadly, the AROUND(n) operator appears to work in google only, but you can accomplish it in scholar using the * syntax. Try this query:

"limitations fraud" OR "limitations * fraud" OR "limitations * * fraud" OR "limitations * * * fraud"

Which returns results containing:

limitations, fraud
Limitations for Fraud
limitations period for fraud
limitations governing common law fraud

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These are the sort of enhancements that could eventually make Google Scholar a competitive alternative to LEXIS and WestLaw.

Since relatively few pro se litigants have found a low cost means to access LEXIS or WestLaw, most have also never bothered to learn how powerful the search features can be.

LEXIS has a word proximity operator. It is the letter "w" followed by a forward slash and then digits up to "50". So if I want to find the word "limitations" within five words of "statute", I would use "w/5", as in "limitations w/5 statute" (meaning the word limitations within five words of statute.

This can be combined with various other operators using parentheses.

Similarly, LEXIS supports a within paragraph paragraph operator -- w/p -- to help find two words appearing within the same paragraph. The w/p operator cannot be compounded directly within the within word operator, but both can be compounded parenthetically with other Boolean logic operators, including AND as well as OR.

In LEXIS, to find two or more words together in exact order use a hyphen, as in "statute-of-limitations".

For those of high intelligence, using Boolean syntax to quickly find topical cases can be quite easy. Spending some time to read the search Help pages and to experiment can yield enormous improvements in productivity.

Some time ago, Mr. Roper posted some tips on finding online legal research tools. Unfortunately, some of these, such as LEXIS by Credit Card and WestLaw by Credit Card are no longer available. But both LEXIS and WestLaw are available for free in some Academic libraries and in some county law libraries.

Any pro se litigant who fails to find and learn to use the nearest academic law library is probably going to lose!

Anyone who thinks they can either win or even substantially delay a foreclosure without setting foot in a law library, using only the tools available online on the Internet is naive. Not only are there better texts and tools readily available in a good academic law library, but one can avoid the pitfalls of sifting through the garbage posted by the likes of Mike H.!
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See also the research suggestions in these threads:

Some Online Legal Resources for Those on a Tight Budget (or Not)

Online Sources of Law

Legal Research Basics for pro se litigants

(Disregard the posts of that horrid woman Anh, who was simply promoting various dishonest Florida attorneys!)
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ALthough not that useful for searching, if you know the case citation, do not underestimate the value of a resource like Open Jurist for Federal appellate case law:
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Also for ancient cases not found in Google Scholar, do not overlook Google Books as a source. The search features will not work nearly as well, but if you know the case citation, Google Books is often the best FREE place to find case law that is more than a century old:

Text searches in Google Books inherently do not work as well, since these older texts were scanned from texts of uneven print quality and the text is subject to imperfect OCR. But the error rate is not that high and by using thoughtful search criteria, much useful information can be found!
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