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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  

Julie M. Jones

University of Connecticut School or Law

Date Written: February 7, 2009

Abstract

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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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: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1339228

Julie Jones (Contact Author)

University of Connecticut School or Law ( email )

39 Elizabeth Street
Hartford, CT 06105
United States

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