Sunday, September 10, 2006

Online Legal Research Trends: 2006 ABA Legal Technology Resource Center Report

How often are attorneys today using online research databases vs. print sources? Are LexisNexis and Westlaw still the "go-to" sources, or are free online sources taking over? The 2006 ABA Legal Technology Resource Center Trends Report, "Online Research" (download free to ABA members) assesses these and other research question results.

For example, Coleen M. Barger, Associate Professor of Law, UALR Bowen School of Law, reports via the Legal Writing Professor Blog that "Forty-two percent tend to start their research projects using "fee-based resources" (I assume this refers to Westlaw, LEXIS), 25% use a "legal-specific search engine" (probably Findlaw or something like it), and 24% use a general search engine (the Googlers!)."

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