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Not Just Key Numbers and Keywords Anymore: How User Interface Design Affects Legal Research


Julie M. Jones


University of Connecticut School or Law

February 7, 2009

Law Library Journal, Vol. 101, No. 1, pp. 7-30, 2009

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Legal research is one of the foundational skills for the practice of law. Yet law school graduates are frequently admitted to the bar without adequate competence in this area. Applying both information-foraging theory and current standards for optimal web design, Ms. Jones considers, through a heuristic analysis, whether the user interfaces of Westlaw and LexisNexis help or hinder the process of legal research and the development of effective research skills.

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Keywords: legal research, information-foraging, user interfaces, Lexis, LexisNexis, Westlaw, research skills, law school graduates, lawyer competence

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Date posted: February 7, 2009  

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Jones, Julie M., Not Just Key Numbers and Keywords Anymore: How User Interface Design Affects Legal Research (February 7, 2009). Law Library Journal, Vol. 101, No. 1, pp. 7-30, 2009. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1339228

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University of Connecticut School or Law ( email )
39 Elizabeth Street
Hartford, CT 06105
United States
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