Comparing Case Law Retrievals, Mid-1990s and Today
12 Pages Posted: 19 Nov 2016
Date Written: November 18, 2016
Can we say that the same case law search from 20 years ago run today would yield 10 times or 100 times as many cases?
Someone asked me a similar question on Twitter, so I did a very limited investigation, comparing searches that were described in law review footnotes in 1995 and 1996 with comparable searches I constructed today. I didn't find a strong pattern in my limited sample, but I sketched out some thoughts for future research.
I post my notes here as an invitation to other researchers to delve further.
Keywords: Westlaw, Lexis, online searching, CALR, legal research, caselaw
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