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Internet Legal Research on a Budget: Free and Low-Cost Resources for Lawyers Paperback – July 7, 2014
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About the Author
Internet Legal Research on a Budget is written by co-authors Carole A. Levitt and Judy K. Davis.
Levitt (Rio Rancho, NM) is the founder and President of Internet for Lawyers and the author of Google for Lawyers and Find Info Like a Pro, Volumes 1 and 2, also published by the ABA Law Practice Division.
Davis is a law librarian and adjunct assistant professor of law at the University of Southern California (Los Angeles, CA).
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The book is divided into sections by type of research. The categories are General Research, Legal Portals and Directories, Case Law Databases, Bar Association Free member-Benefit Databases, Researching Legislation, Additional Research Sources, and Checking Your Research. Within each part are chapters discussing specific aspects of the broader topics. Besides Internet sites for research, there is also a chapter describing some of the many apps available for legal research. This is a great addition, as attorneys are using mobile devices more frequently and want information at their fingertips. The authors do a good job of showing how to search any website that has quirks, and the illustrations are very helpful. I like the breakdown into topics and subparts, and I think the authors have done a good job of explaining the pros and cons of each website.
The biggest drawback to the book is that it’s in print, and the Internet changes so rapidly that the book was almost out of date when it was published. The authors do give dates for some of the websites shown, acknowledging that there may be changes by the time someone reads the book. The other drawback was the positioning of the illustrations and text, although that seemed to be confined to the first half of the book.
I think that this book would be especially good for law school and public law library collections. It would be very helpful for a solo attorney, or a student doing legal research, as those individuals may not have access to a law library or law librarian quickly. I’m going to recommend it to some of my associates, and will definitely be suggesting it to summer associates.