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Presentation slides for LLSDC Education Committee program focused on evaluating low-cost alternatives to Lexis and Westlaw, including discussions for implementation strategies. [Posted to multiple ...

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    • Evaluating Alternatives to Lexis & Westlaw By Todd Venie and Roger Skalbeck December 10, 2009 Presentation for: Law Librarians' Society of Washington, DC
    • Federal Case Law Coverage Comparison Database U.S. Supreme Court Federal Circuit Courts Federal District Courts Other Federal Courts Fastcase 1790 - current (ALL) 1924 - current 1912 - current Tax Court 1924 – current Bankruptcy: 1979 – current BIA 1996 – current Casemaker 1790 - current (ALL) 1930 - current 1932 - current Tax Court 1999 – current Bankruptcy 1999 – current BIA 1996 – current Loislaw 1790 - current (ALL) Generally 1924 – Current 10th Circuit 1929 – Current 11th Circuit 1981 – Current Federal Circuit 1929 – Current 1921 - Current (SELECTED) Tax Court 1942 - Current Bankruptcy 1975 - Current (SELECTED) VersusLaw 1886 - current Generally 1930 – current DC Circuit 1950 – current 9th Circuit 1941 – current Varies widely - Some back to 1930, others to early 1970s Tax Court 1999 – current BIA 1996 - current
    • U.S. Code Coverage Comparison Database Full Text Search Browsable Find by Citation Currency Session Laws Fastcase Yes Yes Yes 2006 version None Casemaker Yes Yes Yes Titles 1-41 through 01/08/2008 Titles 42-50 through 01/03/2007 Current NOT integrated into Code Loislaw Yes Yes Yes 2006 Version Current Integrated into Code Versuslaw Yes Yes Yes 2006 Version Current Integrated into Code
    • Search & Finding Functions Database Terms & Connectors Natural Language Links Across Materials Federated Searching Sorting Options Fastcase Yes Yes No* Yes Date Relevance Most Cited Party Name Casemaker Yes No No Yes – with limited search functions Date Relevance Loislaw Yes No Yes Yes Date Versuslaw Yes No No Yes Date Jurisdiction Party Name
    • Notable Differences
      • Currency of codes and integration of session laws
      • District court coverage
      • State case law coverage
      • Linking across materials
      • Sorting & searching options
    • Bar Association Benefits
      • Fastcase
        • 22 state and local bar associations including:
          • Virginia State Bar
          • Maryland State Bar Association
      • Casemaker
        • 28 state and local bars
      • Loislaw
        • None
      • VersusLaw
        • A few bar associations and malpractice insurers
    • Output & Personalization
      • Print / Download
        • 2-column: Fastcase, Casemaker
        • 1-column: Loislaw, Versuslaw
      • Personalization and saved documents
        • Fastcase: “My Library”
        • Versuslaw: save searches
    • Bells & Whistles
      • Loislaw: automated updates
        • Get new materials that cite your case or match your search criteria
        • Can create intranet search form (widget)
      • Casemaker & Loislaw
        • Thesaurus for searching
    • Bells & Whistles
      • Fastcase
        • Authority Check: citation analysis, sorting & visualization
    • Ease of use Issues
      • Casemaker:
        • Statute linking limited
        • Link highlighting is subtle
      • Fastcase:
        • Cross-case and cross-statute linking not 100%
        • Links to Lexis / Westlaw for Credit Card users
    • Pre-Searching Only
      • Use alternative source only for initial search:
        • Identify terms of art
        • Locate a few good cases
      Initial research ONLY on Loislaw All research on premium service; may repeat research
    • Parallel Searching
      • Simultaneous use of both service types
      • Feasible for multi-task researchers
      • Impractical for hourly search charges
    • Serial Searching
      • Start search with alternative
      • Proceed to Lexis/Westlaw for updating and unique content
      • Return to alternative for more research
    • Integration Hurdles
      • Changing search behavior is difficult
      • Training is tricky
      • Integration between online services is far from seamless
    • Open Discussion
      • Which integration options work?
      • What are people already doing?
        • Option #1: Promote bar/association benefits
        • Option #2: Provide incentives
        • Option #3: Prohibit specific uses
    • Contact and Credits
      • Direct questions or comments to:
        • Roger V. Skalbeck rvs5@law.georgetown.edu
        • Todd Venie tmv22@law.georgetown.edu
      • Copyright 2009 Todd Venie and Roger Skalbeck
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