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Candy, Points, and Highlighters: Why Librarians, Not Vendors, Should Teach CALR to First-Year Students


Shawn G. Nevers


Brigham Young University - J. Reuben Clark Law School


Law Library Journal, Vol. 99, p. 757, 2007

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Computer-assisted legal research (CALR) is an essential legal research tool. Despite that fact, most first-year law students are still being trained to conduct CALR by the representatives of commercial vendors. This article contends that in the legal research environment of 2007, first-year students need the guidance of law librarians to effectively learn CALR. Among other benefits, law librarians can provide first-years with unbiased guidance in evaluating CALR systems, can teach CALR within a comprehensive research approach, and will not perpetuate the idea that CALR is a quick and easy solution to legal research.

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Keywords: CALR, legal research, computer-assisted legal research, legal research instruction

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Date posted: September 25, 2007 ; Last revised: December 9, 2012

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Nevers, Shawn G., Candy, Points, and Highlighters: Why Librarians, Not Vendors, Should Teach CALR to First-Year Students. Law Library Journal, Vol. 99, p. 757, 2007. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1016175

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Brigham Young University - J. Reuben Clark Law School ( email )
430 JRCB
Brigham Young University
Provo, UT 84602
United States
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