March 9, 2011
Illustrating Legal Research Concepts Using Examples from Pop Culture: There's a Wiki for That!
I’ve Got a Hit! is a new wiki which collects examples of legal research concepts found in movies, TV shows, songs and print. Entries give detailed information about where to find the example, which research concept it demonstrates, how it can be used in class and more. From the wiki:
When preparing for class, we've all occasionally found ourselves wanting to throw in a little something which illustrates that lecture's core concept -- a brief example that will stick in the students' minds or relieve the monotony of a 75-minute lecture. But trying to find the right one isn't always easy. Then again, our own law professors did it; our colleagues do it from time to time too. Why not harness the hive mind and ask everyone to contribute ideas?
So, here we are. I've Got a Hit! is a place to collect all these examples together. If you're looking for a good illustration, visit the wiki, read through the descriptions given and voila! You've got a song to play or a clip or comic to show in class. This wiki was started by a law librarian, so the main focus here is pieces illustrating general or legal research techniques, but feel free to add scenes showing other legal concepts as well.
The wiki creators are looking for new contributors and listings. Deborah Schander, Reference/Student Services Librarian, Georgia State University College of Law Library, writes
If we’ve missed that classic example you use in class - or if you run across a new one the next time you’re watching TV - feel free to add it. Editing access is available for law librarians, professors and others interested in expanding this area.
I'm not sure this Star Trek clip fits the bill for discussing the relative merits of print vs. online but I know if I ever have to do another one of those traditional "how a bill becomes a law" lectures, I'll start off with this clip. [JH]
More information about this great idea, I’ve Got a Hit!, is available at the wiki itself, or you can email the wiki administrator Deborah Schander (dschander(at)gsu.edu) directly with any questions. [JH]