Interactive Ways to Teach Cost-Effective Research Using Google Scholar and LexisNexis

The Law Teacher (Fall 2012)

43 Pages Posted: 9 Jul 2012 Last revised: 4 Mar 2013

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Eric Voigt

Faulkner University, Jones School of Law; R+W Legal Consultants, LLC

Date Written: July 9, 2012


With a push in the legal market to minimize research costs, law schools should teach students about free and low-cost alternatives to LexisNexis and Westlaw. My article focuses on Google Scholar and Lexis. It starts on page 40 of the attached newsletter.

This article discusses an interactive way to teach law students about the content and features of Google Scholar and about its benefits and limitations. This article also describes an innovative way to teach students about the cost of researching on outside of the law school bubble and addresses how to integrate Google Scholar and while researching. I have included my in-class exercise at the end of the article.

Of course, the teaching methods discussed in this article could be used to teach cost-effective research on Westlaw Classic, WestlawNext, and Lexis Advance.

Keywords: legal research, internet research, online research, law school, Google Scholar, Google, LexisNexis,, Lexis Advance, Westlaw, WestlawNext

Suggested Citation

Voigt, Eric, Interactive Ways to Teach Cost-Effective Research Using Google Scholar and LexisNexis (July 9, 2012). The Law Teacher (Fall 2012) . Available at SSRN:

Eric Voigt (Contact Author)

Faulkner University, Jones School of Law ( email )

5245 Atlanta Highway
Montgomery, AL 36109
United States


R+W Legal Consultants, LLC ( email )

Montgomery, AL 36117
United States


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