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Not Just Key Numbers and Keywords Anymore: How User Interface Design Affects Legal Research

By Julie M. Jones

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

Topics: legal research, information-foraging, user interfaces, Lexis, LexisNexis, Westlaw, research skills, law school graduates, lawyer competence, Legal Education, Legal Profession, Legal Research and Bibliography, Legal Education, Legal Ethics and Professional Responsibility, Legal Writing and Research
Publisher: Scholarship@Cornell Law: A Digital Repository
Year: 2009
OAI identifier: oai:scholarship.law.cornell.edu:lsrp_papers-1120
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