Monday, March 7, 2011

Another critique of WestlawNext

A recent article in the Student Lawyer provides a short critique of West’s new research system, WestlawNext. Author Shawn Nevers, a legal librarian at Brigham Young University, calls WestlawNext aNeverss_300  “smarter search engine” and reports that it produced good results in one of his test searches. But because the new system can generate an unmanageable number of results, Nevers believes terms-and-connectors searching still has its place. West spent lavishly on developing WestlawNext and charges users a premium for it, as noted below on this blog. Students will want to be aware of this so they don’t suffer a rude awakening when they enter the work world.


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