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Unformatted text preview: Unit 9: Unit 9: Introduction to Legal Research - Discussion Traditional Versus Online Research The Internet has forever changed the way we get our information, and it has certainly changed the way research is conducted in the legal field. What are some of the advantages that online and computerized legal research has over traditional "hard copy" research? Discuss some potential drawbacks to both traditional and online research as well. Respond Expand All Collapse All Print View »Show Options »Hide Options Select: All None Unread Read Inverse Mark selected as: Read Unread View Selected View All Responses Response Author Date/Time* Discussion Intro Prof Kroh 1/11/2012 6:21:37 AM Class, This is definitely a current and relevant topic with the increased use of the internet! I'll be curious to see your discussions on the topic. I'm interested in your opinions too as to whether you think you would prefer online or "hard copy" research. If you have the opportunity to visit your local law library, take it! I think it is beneficial to see the books personally as opposed to just on the computer screen. Most local courthouses have a law library that is open to the public, also some community libraries have law-related section where they may house some law books. If you visit one, please share the experience with the class. Pam Respond The Information and Technology Age Rhonel Cinous 1/11/2012 10:47:42 AM I am from the "old school" where we employed encyclopedias, periodicals, libraries and face to face interviews to obtain information and conduct research. the advancement in technology, specifically the internet has all but eradicated the need for such conventional methods. there are both pros and cons to internet research and information gathering Pros: we are able to tap into a vast array of sources in a matter of seeconds. with very little effort we can compare notes on the same case from many different view points. sources are updated much faster on the internet and the chances of using outdated material is minimal. it is easier to specify research topics and receive the desired results. also the speed at which the information can be transferred becomes a great advantage when there are time constraints. Cons: one must be very mindful of the sources they pull information from on the internet. books and periodicals can be regulated much more so than websites. its sometimes very difficult differentiating fact from opinion online. the dangers of using search engines lie in the 1000s of results to your initial search topic. your keywords may be found in many unrelated pages. the internet has also diminished our reading. we have become accustomed to finding the headings or keywords of what we need and refrain from reading things in their entirity....
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This note was uploaded on 01/31/2012 for the course PA PA101 taught by Professor Pamelakroh during the Fall '11 term at Kaplan University.
- Fall '11