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September 25, 2008

Do lawyers now need to know all about web searching and wikis?

Perhaps the only thing I took away from the my law school legal research class a couple decades ago was that I should always remember to check the pocket part for new developments.  Though I know hard-copy pocket parts are still produced, I wonder if current legal research classes now tell students always to check on-line for new developments. 

Speaking of new on-line developments, these two stories from legal newspapers had me wondering if modern legal research courses ought to be taught by folks with a tech background:

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Posted by: Supremacy Claus | Sep 25, 2008 8:55:14 PM

We absolutely teach students when its most appropriate and efficient to use print or online sources, how to update online, how to navigate westlaw and lexis, and, if we have time, how to best use the free web. As for having the classes taught by tech people, that's what many librarians (including law librarians) are these days. Library schools and information schools are steeped in technology. Many law librarians teaching advanced legal research are using wikis, blogs, and other web 2.0 technology in their classes.

Posted by: Julie Jones | Sep 26, 2008 9:14:48 AM

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