Candy, Points, and Highlighters: Why Librarians, Not Vendors, Should Teach CALR to First-Year Students
Law Library Journal, Vol. 99, p. 757, 2007
21 Pages Posted: 25 Sep 2007 Last revised: 10 Jun 2015
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.
Keywords: CALR, legal research, computer-assisted legal research, legal research instruction
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