Go Go Google

Friday, 28 November 2008

I use Google on a daily basis, I'm sure most people do but how far should Google be used when it comes to Legal Research?

This was the subject of much discussion on LIS-LAW recently after the following were posted on LIS-LAW:

If Google is a big part of your life, you might be interested in fnding out what happens after you enter your search terms in "Anatomy of a search"

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Sweet & Maxwell new website

Wednesday, 26 November 2008

Sweet & Maxwell have recently launched a new Corporate website, which looks pretty good. If you're keen to look at the sites new features, there is a site overview.

One thing the site doesn't have is RSS feeds for new content (books, journals, loosleafs etc) Hopefully this is something Sweet & Maxwell will incorporate next year.

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BIALL OMB/Solos Blog

Monday, 24 November 2008

If you haven't read the news in the BIALL Newsletter yet the BIALL One Man Bands (OMB)/Solos group has launched a blog.

The blog already has some interesting posts on it, including:

The Blog is already part of my RSS Feeds subscriptions and I would encourage everyone to have a look and subscribe to the feed.

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How will you cope in the crisis?

Monday, 10 November 2008

Planning and running away or hiding and hoping that the Global Credit Crisis goes away? Forget it! As this article from Information World Review (IWR) blog reports "Never before has it been more important to prove the worth of the information professional"

So what are you waiting for...

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Will old law reports ever die?

Wednesday, 5 November 2008

An interesting post here from SLAW bearing in mind it is from a Canadian perspective, in it the author discusses how for decades publishers have been threatening (or promising) that Law Reports will eventually become obsolete. Yet in 2008 they still have as many Law Reports being published as they did in the 1970's.

The question is why? well the post goes on to discuss the reasons for the continued publication of hard copy law reports and why Online services may never replace them, from the Blog post:

"On line services have become vast archives of cases. Year after year, tens of thousands of cases of little or no value are added to databases making it increasingly difficult to find a case of any use to a lawyer or legal researcher. While almost all of the cases have summaries attached, no real effort is made to separate the wheat from the chaff. The result is too much irrelevant information.

Law reports, by contrast, are selective. Experienced editors review thousands of cases and publish only those that add something to the development of the law. For this reason, the legal profession knows that a case reported in print is more useful than one that is simply made available online"

An informative post that is well worth reading.

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