February 9, 2008
The Assimilation of Blogs into the Structure of Legal Literature
Joe Hodnicki over at Law Librarian Blog wrote a wonderful Feb. 5, 2008 posting entitled Some Evidence for the Assimilation of Blogs into the Structure of Legal Literature which documents the increased blog citations in both law reviews and courts. Joe also answers the question why cite to blogs in a side bar which is reproduced below.
Why Cite to Blogs? There are a number of reasons to cite to blogs. Ones usually identified are factual assertions, crediting/criticizing ideas, and using a blog post as supporting authority but one largely overlooked reason is the role blogs play as informal repositories of downloadable documents.
Joe did an empirical of citations using Lexis/Nexis data base and documented his findings in a blog posting that took up about one page. Before blogs, this type of study would have been the subject of a lengthly law review article that many would not even read. More than anything this fact demonstrates the utility of blogs.
Mitchell H. Rubinstein
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