Monday, November 16, 2009

More thoughts on the Bob Berring "open access" versus pay-to-play legal research debate

Here are some more thoughts from DePaul's Mark Giangrande via the Law Librarian Blog regarding yesterday's post here regarding the Bob Berring video:

Bob Berring’s statement about Lexis and Westlaw being a better alternative to legal research than volunteer Internet sites is pretty accurate.  Both databases offer depth of resources, organization, precise search language and tools that simply can’t be matched by the Internet in its current form.  I also agree with Berring that the work performed by volunteer sites is admirable.  Nonetheless, they do not come close to the rich research experience available to Lexis and Westlaw subscribers.  If nothing else, West (and Westlaw) has a 100+ year start on gathering and organizing Anglo-American law and providing the metadata to make that law accessible.  Lexis started in 1975 but it was then and is now well capitalized to compete with West at the same level and with comparable editorial standards.  Who else is out there who can match these efforts (read through to the bottom for the answer to this question)?

You can read the rest of Mark's thoughts here.

I am the scholarship dude.

(jbl)

http://lawprofessors.typepad.com/legalwriting/2009/11/more-thoughts-on-the-bob-berring-open-access-versus-paytoplay-legal-research-debate.html

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