In “The Future of Digital Reading,” Eric Appleby discusses the continuing relevance of and need for print in many circumstances. One comment to the post alludes to some of the research on the human brain and Gary P. Rodrigues adds a worthwhile comment on the importance of careful (i.e. print-based) reading in legal thought and practice.
The third annual installment of this conference is being hosted today by CodeX: The Stanford Center for Legal Informatics. Of course, TR is a sponsor.
Read Robert McKay on this topic here.
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)?