Not Just Key Numbers and Keywords Anymore: How User Interface Design Affects Legal Research
Law Library Journal, Vol. 101, No. 1, pp. 7-30, 2009
24 Pages Posted: 7 Feb 2009
Date Written: February 7, 2009
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.
Keywords: legal research, information-foraging, user interfaces, Lexis, LexisNexis, Westlaw, research skills, law school graduates, lawyer competence
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