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New Kid on the Block: KeyCite Compared to Shepard\u27s

By Elizabeth McKenzie


In July, 1997, West Group unveiled a major new citator product, KeyCite. This article examines both Shepard`s and KeyCite\u27s process. The article considers marketing claims, and, using randomly selected cases, compares KeyCite with Shepard\u27s. The article details how Shepard\u27s and KeyCite prepare their respective products as well as evaluating the claims made as KeyCite entered the market. Readers of the article are cautioned that the author used Westlaw\u27s version of Shepard\u27s, which, while available in 1999, was not as current as the version which was on Lexis. A modified version of this paper was published at 17 Legal Reference Services Quarterly 85-99 (1999)

Topics: Legal Profession, Legal Research and Bibliography, Legal Ethics and Professional Responsibility, Legal Writing and Research
Publisher: NELLCO Legal Scholarship Repository
Year: 1999
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