Hunting and Gathering on the Legal Information Savannah: Real World Problem Solving in Constructed Search Environments

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Hunting and Gathering on the Legal Information Savannah: Real World Problem Solving in Constructed Search Environments

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This session introduces a study of what happens when you ask a novice legal researcher to solve a real-world research problem in different, self-contained legal research systems. For each problem, the researcher attempted solutions in Bloomberg, Fastcase, Lexis Advance and Westlaw. How did the researchers analyze the problems and move to a solution through disparate databases that are continually innovating their algorithmic offerings? What were the elements of a successful solution, or the causes of an unsuccessful one? What were the impediments to ease of solution or solvability, in terms of user interface and algorithms? We attempt to strike a balance between assessing the qualitative difficulties a researcher faced across different research systems with quantitative measure of their interactions. Whether you are teaching noline or in person, you need to know what metacognitive skills your students need to navigate massive online legal platforms.

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