Tuesday, November 17, 2009
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