Wednesday, January 26th, 2011...3:46 pm

Teaching legal research alternatives to law students

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Law Librarian Blog posted today about Laura Justiss’ recent article: A Survey of Electronic Research Alternatives to Lexis and Westlaw in Law Firms. Laura, a librarian at SMU – Dedman School of Law, says she “was naively surprised to learn that most law students had little, if any, awareness of the electronic services other than Lexis and Westlaw routinely used by practicing attorneys.” We agree; this a problem. It’s one of the reasons we created this resource about free law.

Have a look at their blog post and her article¬† if you still need convincing that we should teach alternatives to the big two in law school (“It is one thing to indoctrinate law students in WEXIS. It is quite another thing for academic law librarians to allow this to happen without providing instruction on alternatives”), or if you’d like tips on what some of those alternatives might be. Of course, we believe free legal resources have a place among those alternatives, too.


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