The Death of the Digest and the Pitfalls of Electronic Research: What is the Modern Legal Researcher to Do?

Law Library Journal, Vol. 97, p. 661, 2005

19 Pages Posted: 5 Aug 2005  

Lee F. Peoples

Oklahoma City University - School of Law

Abstract

Professor Peoples reports the results of a study finding that the opinions and performance of modern legal researchers do not support the traditional notion that print digests are the tool of choice for researching legal rules while electronic databases are best suited for finding cases discussing unique factual situations. Tomorrow's lawyers are unaware of some common shortcomings of electronic research and do not possess the strategies to compensate for them. Law librarians must become more involved in electronic database instruction, integrate legal information literacy education into the curriculum, and advocate for improvements to electronic databases to improve the situation.

Keywords: west digest, west key number, keysearch, legal research, electronic legal research, usability study, computer assisted legal research

JEL Classification: K00, K10, K40

Suggested Citation

Peoples, Lee F., The Death of the Digest and the Pitfalls of Electronic Research: What is the Modern Legal Researcher to Do?. Law Library Journal, Vol. 97, p. 661, 2005. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=767124

Lee F. Peoples (Contact Author)

Oklahoma City University - School of Law ( email )

2501 N. Blackwelder
Oklahoma City, OK 73106
United States
405-208-6030 (Phone)

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