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Principles of Searching- User Project (1)


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Principles of Searching- User Project (1)

  1. 1. Potential Law School Applicant Fall 2010 // Mary Chu
  2. 2. User Problem <ul><li>Wants to apply to law school </li></ul><ul><li>Needs information about public interest and international law programs (refugees and asylum seekers) </li></ul><ul><li>Post- law school options </li></ul>
  3. 3. Search Process- Traditional Print Sources <ul><ul><li>Law School Admissions Guides </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>A multi-million dollar industry </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>The Best Law Schools Admission Secrets by </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Joyce Putnam Cahill. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Guides to Accredited Law Schools </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Provides great overview. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Gives realistic odds of an applicant's chances of admission. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>US News and World Report Book </li></ul></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Search Process: Web Searches <ul><li>Google and Yahoo </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Fastest and easiest way to find information about appropriate law school programs. </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Search Process: Social Web <ul><li>Metafilter and forums. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Connecting to real (?) people to get answers. </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Search Process: Commercial Databases <ul><li>Lexis Nexis </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Scours daily newspapers, magazines, industry reports. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Good bet for finding information about a future profession. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>But ultimately depends on the stage of the search. Thinking about options in the future very different from actually looking for a job. </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Feedback Process <ul><li>In-person meetings to discuss applications and progress with LSATs </li></ul><ul><li>Email and gChat easiest </li></ul><ul><li>Me: </li></ul><ul><li>I found some great resources for your query. I have to follow up on some leads.  </li></ul><ul><li>When are you going to singapore and will you be reachable by email?  </li></ul><ul><li>Do you have an interest in public interest law? And when do you plan taking the LSAT again? </li></ul><ul><li>Her: </li></ul><ul><li>yeah, i'll be checking email in singapore but prob won't be too responsive. i'll try though if you need me to be. </li></ul><ul><li>yes, i'm interested in public interest law tied to international law re: refugees and human rights, immigration and asylum, etc. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Analysis of Process & Approach <ul><li>Search can be affected by relationship to user (Friend vs Stranger) </li></ul><ul><li>Depth of Search vs. Time </li></ul><ul><li>What worked? What didn't? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Not all commercial databases the same. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>(Factiva vs. LexisNexis) </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. Questions and Comments?