I recently went scouring the interwebs for information on a few patents, and let me tell you, it is a mess. Finding the information is time consuming and laborious.
Enter Google Patent Search. Wow this makes everything sooo much easier. It shows drawings, patent summary, citations, claims, etc.
If you are looking to get a new product to market, and need to find if there is prior art or a patent out there already, Google makes it quick and easy.