Google: to use, or not to use. What is the question?

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Google: to use, or not to use. What is the question?
Authors: Natasha Choolhun [edit item]
Citation: Legal Information Management 9 (3): 168. 2009.
Publication type: Journal article
Peer-reviewed: Yes
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DOI: 10.1017/S1472669609990272.
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Google: to use, or not to use. What is the question? is a publication by Natasha Choolhun.


[edit] Abstract

This article by Natasha Choolhun, with input from Emma Harris and colleagues, considers how the proliferation of freely available legal information has affected standards of information literacy and research capability in the current legal environment. Real life examples are given to illustrate how staff in law firms are using resources such as Google and Wikipedia in preference over authoritative legal material. The phrase “Google Generation” is explored and consideration is given to how law schools and commercial firms are attempting to instil in their lawyers principles of good information literacy and research skills.

[edit] Research questions

"I will consider why lawyers and law students are increasingly favouring Google and Wikipedia as their starting point to carry out legal research, rather than heading straight for authoritative resources, such as the LexisLibrary and Westlaw databases and established works such as Halsbury's Laws of England. I will also consider how legal information professionals are tackling this trend by reinforcing information literacy skills in the academic and commercial sectors"

Research details

Topics: Knowledge source for scholars and librarians, Student information literacy [edit item]
Domains: Law, Library science [edit item]
Theory type: Analysis [edit item]
Wikipedia coverage: Case [edit item]
Theories: "Undetermined" [edit item]
Research design: Conceptual [edit item]
Data source: N/A [edit item]
Collected data time dimension: N/A [edit item]
Unit of analysis: Website [edit item]
Wikipedia data extraction: N/A [edit item]
Wikipedia page type: N/A [edit item]
Wikipedia language: Not specified [edit item]

[edit] Conclusion

"The CIBER report ends with a challenge to the information profession and accuses us of being complacent and not engaging with our Web 2.0 generation users. From my contacts in practice, I can report that, in this sector at least, we are making some effort but it isn't enough. The anecdotes I have provided clearly show this. As information professionals we do have the expertise to solve the problem. It is time to get senior management on board and show how our unique skills can change the fortunes of the colleges and companies we work for."

[edit] Comments

"Law profs are not engaged with their Web 2.0 generation of students enough."


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AbstractThis article by Natasha Choolhun, with inpThis article by Natasha Choolhun, with input from Emma Harris and

colleagues, considers how the proliferation of freely available legal information has affected standards of information literacy and research capability in the current legal environment. Real life examples are given to illustrate how staff in law firms are using resources such as Google and Wikipedia in preference over authoritative legal material. The phrase “Google Generation” is explored and consideration is given to how law schools and commercial firms are attempting to instil in their

lawyers principles of good information literacy and research skills.
information literacy and research skills.
Added by wikilit teamAdded on initial load +
Collected data time dimensionN/A +
CommentsLaw profs are not engaged with their Web 2.0 generation of students enough.
ConclusionThe CIBER report ends with a challenge to The CIBER report ends with a challenge to the information profession and accuses us of being complacent and not engaging with our Web 2.0 generation users. From my contacts in practice, I can report that, in this sector at least, we are making some effort but it isn't enough. The anecdotes I have provided clearly show this. As information professionals we do have the expertise to solve the problem. It is time to get senior management on board and show how our unique skills can change the fortunes of the colleges and companies we work for.of the colleges and companies we work for.
Data sourceN/A +
Doi10.1017/S1472669609990272 +
Google scholar urlhttp://scholar.google.com/scholar?ie=UTF-8&q=%22Google%3A%2Bto%2Buse%2C%2Bor%2Bnot%2Bto%2Buse.%2BWhat%2Bis%2Bthe%2Bquestion%3F%22 +
Has authorNatasha Choolhun +
Has domainLaw + and Library science +
Has topicKnowledge source for scholars and librarians + and Student information literacy +
Issue3 +
Pages168 +
Peer reviewedYes +
Publication typeJournal article +
Published inLegal Information Management +
Research designConceptual +
Research questionsI will consider why lawyers and law studenI will consider why lawyers and law students are increasingly favouring Google and Wikipedia as their starting point to carry out legal research, rather than heading straight for authoritative resources, such as the LexisLibrary and Westlaw databases and established works such as Halsbury's Laws of England. I will also consider how legal information professionals are tackling this trend by reinforcing information literacy skills in the academic and commercial sectorslls in the academic and commercial sectors
Revid10,790 +
TheoriesUndetermined
Theory typeAnalysis +
TitleGoogle: to use, or not to use. What is the question?
Unit of analysisWebsite +
Urlhttp://www.journals.cambridge.org/abstract_S1472669609990272 +
Volume9 +
Wikipedia coverageCase +
Wikipedia data extractionN/A +
Wikipedia languageNot specified +
Wikipedia page typeN/A +
Year2009 +