November 17, 2009
You get what you pay for.
Academics can argue about whether free or fee-based legal data bases are better, but when the ABA Legal Technology Resource Center surveyed practicing attorneys, here's what they found:
"You Get What You Pay For: Overall, respondents are significantly more satisfied with the characteristics of fee-based online legal research resources than they are with those of free online legal research resources. Forty-five percent of respondents report that they are 'not very satisfied' with the ability to search multiple databases simultaneously in free online resources. More than two-thirds (69%) of respondents report being 'very satisfied' with depth of coverage, 63% with the availability of advanced search options of fee-based online resources, and 59% with the ability to search multiple databases simultaneously."
More on that study is available here.
hat tip: Hollee Temple
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Thanks for the hat tip. I am actually writing about lawyers who need vacations from technology in my next ABA Journal column!
Posted by: Hollee Temple | Nov 17, 2009 9:42:13 AM