From Google to Blawgs: Internet Tips for the LRW Teacher

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From Google to Blawgs: Internet Tips for the LRW Teacher

  1. 1. From Google to Blawgs: Internet Tips for the LRW Teacher 11 th Biennial Conference of the Legal Writing Institute Presenter: Maria Perez Crist University of Dayton School of Law July 22, 2004
  2. 2. Top Web Portals and Blawgs <ul><li>Legal Research </li></ul><ul><li>Fact Research </li></ul><ul><li>Blawgs </li></ul>
  3. 3. Web Sites for Legal Research <ul><li>Life beyond Lexis and Westlaw: LoisLaw; VersusLaw, & Casemaker </li></ul><ul><li>Key non-subscription Internet sources </li></ul><ul><li>Using the Internet to organize your legal research </li></ul><ul><li>Briefs on the Web </li></ul>
  4. 4. Findlaw (http://www.findlaw.com)
  5. 5. Courts.net ( http:// courts.net )
  6. 6. Legal Information Institute ( http:// www.law.cornell.edu )
  7. 7. Briefs on the Web ( http:// www.legaline.com )
  8. 8. Web Sites for Factual Research <ul><li>Simulation development </li></ul><ul><li>Realistic settings for problems </li></ul><ul><li>Ready-made documents for simulations </li></ul>
  9. 9. Lawyer Express ( http:// www.lawyerexpress.com )
  10. 10. SearchSystems ( http:// www.searchsystems.net )
  11. 11. Federal Statistics ( http:// www.fedstats.gov )
  12. 12. Online Communities <ul><li>UseNet/Newsgroups/ Google Groups </li></ul><ul><li>Mailing Lists / Listservs </li></ul><ul><li>BLAWGS </li></ul>
  13. 13. Message Boards
  14. 14. BLAWGS <ul><li>1997 “Web logs” (only 30 existed) </li></ul><ul><li>TODAY estimated at least 500,000 </li></ul><ul><li>WEB LOG  BLOG </li></ul><ul><li>Law-related BLOG  BLAWG </li></ul>
  15. 15. Finding a Blawg … Blawg.org
  16. 16. Appellate Practice Blawg
  17. 17. Internet Research Blawg
  18. 18. Business Law Blawg
  19. 19. Criminal Law
  20. 20. Internet Research Techniques <ul><li>Know what’s available </li></ul><ul><li>Use efficient search techniques </li></ul><ul><li>Start out at useful web sites </li></ul>
  21. 21. The “Invisible Web” <ul><li>What makes it “invisible”? </li></ul><ul><li>Buried web pages – beyond the reach of most search engines </li></ul><ul><li>Type of page – PDF, spreadsheets, Word documents, etc. </li></ul>
  22. 22. Best search strategies <ul><li>Have a plan </li></ul><ul><li>Use the most appropriate search tool </li></ul><ul><li>Navigate what you find in the most efficient manner </li></ul><ul><li>Check reliability of what you find </li></ul>
  23. 23. New Tricks with Google <ul><li>Google Task Bar </li></ul><ul><li>Google Deskbar </li></ul><ul><li>Search Google Images, News, Groups </li></ul><ul><li>Froogle </li></ul><ul><li>Advanced Searches </li></ul><ul><li>Number Searches </li></ul>
  24. 24. Organized searching with Vivisimo
  25. 25. Internet Technology in the Classroom <ul><li>Google Language Exercise </li></ul><ul><li>Online Grammar Exercise </li></ul><ul><li>Fun with Forms </li></ul>
  26. 26. Google Language Exercise <ul><li>Goal: compare learning to communicate the language of the law with learning a new language. </li></ul><ul><li>Technique: Go to Google and use the language feature. Translate a sentence to a foreign language. Have a student translate the sentence word for word. Notice the need to change syntax to make the sentence understandable in English. </li></ul>
  27. 27. Online Grammar Exercises <ul><li>Goal: Improve writing skills. </li></ul><ul><li>Technique: Can be done in class or assigned outside of class. Go to: http://www.ccc.commnet.edu/grammar/quiz_list.htm . Choose quizzes in the areas your students seem to have the most trouble with. </li></ul>
  28. 28. Fun with Forms <ul><li>Goal: Students learn how to access and use forms in law practice. </li></ul><ul><li>Technique: Go to the “forms” link on Findlaw . Practice searching for a form. Then compare the form with what is known about the law. Have students indicate what changes would need to be made in the form. </li></ul>
  29. 29. The Internet… make it work for you!

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