January 5, 2009
What Does a "Comprehensive" Legal Database Really Mean?
Slaw's Gary Rodrigues calls for an end of vagueness in case law databases described by suppliers as being "comprehensive." "Auditing databases is not a difficult time, he writes, "it is merely time consuming." I agree. I think we assume that a "comprehensive" database means 100% coverage, but is it? What's the chance that we could persuade our online legal vendors to audit their databases? [JH]
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As an attorney end-user of "comprehensive" databases, I'm glad my office still keeps full time law librarians on staff. I'm often frustrated at date range gaps in certain sources, quirks in citation formats such that I can't find the source I need using abbreviated cites, and not being able to find a source on Lexis only to realize it's exclusive to Westlaw, etc. etc. etc...
Posted by: WL | Jan 8, 2009 4:22:15 AM