The Legal Researcher’s Short Attention Span: The Need for “One-Stop” Information Shopping

Despite my employment’s general focus on traditional legal encyclopedias and legal writing, it is increasingly difficult to ignore the reality of current research methods. The easy access to digital information on the web has molded most of us into impatient information consumers who do not take kindly to “waiting” on information and results. I sometimes wonder if some researchers have even tired of reading altogether considering that we are all trained to look for keywords, phrases, and numbers. What type of product would (or does) provide a one-stop answer to a legal research question? “Current awareness” products? Journals? Blogs with footnoted cites to statutes and cases (along with a case citator service)?

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