Have You Seen the New Library Bar?: Designing a Legal Research Toolbar

12 Pages Posted: 14 Dec 2007

Date Written: December 12, 2007


It seems like more and more people today are selecting their legal research results based on ease of access rather than the completeness of the results. After hearing one too many third-year law students say "I researched my entire paper on Google," I set off to create a tool that would satisfy both the desire for speed and the need for complete and authoritative research results. The tool is a legal research toolbar that integrates into a web browser and provides constant and quick access to library-sanctioned websites and databases. This paper walks readers through the design process of the Barry Law School Toolbar, including conception, negotiating with IT, and testing.

Keywords: law, library, legal research, toolbar, Web 2.0, librarian, reference, instruction, teaching

JEL Classification: I20, K00, K40, K49, Z00

Suggested Citation

Wondracek, Jennifer L, Have You Seen the New Library Bar?: Designing a Legal Research Toolbar (December 12, 2007). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1071009 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1071009

Jennifer L Wondracek (Contact Author)

UNT Dallas College of Law ( email )

1901 Main Street
Dallas, TX 75201
United States

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