Changes in Legal Research
There are several changes in the legal research world, either taking place now or on the horizon. Maybe the biggest is that Westlaw is now touting a new interface, WestlawNext. It hasn’t been released to law schools yet, but there is talk that next school year students will have access to it. It claims to be more “Google-like,” with one search box to do everything. You can even do combinations of terms and connectors and natural language searches in the same box.
Lexis is also making some changes. LexisNexis Academic already looks pretty different, and there is word that Lexis is teaming with Microsoft to add legal research functionality to Microsoft products like your word processor, browser, etc. There are also rumors that Lexis is revamping its main interface.
In addition to these changes in the major products, there have been changes to several smaller products, and according to the ABA Journal we can also look forward to the entrance of Bloomberg on the scene, and Google offering more legal research oriented tools. The world of legal research is changing rapidly! The Law Library will, of course, be on top of all these changes, and we will be happy to tell you what we know about proposed changes, or to help you navigate new interfaces.