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September 27, 2009


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Jason Bent

I think that is exactly why most law reviews don't use Lexis or Westlaw to citecheck. They are great search engines, but they frequently contain mistakes in the text, citations, and other data.

AdminLaw Blogger

Two things:

First, always get as close as possible to the primary source - and not just for citations. Remember the "telephone" game, where a bunch of children got in a line and the first whispered a story to the second, the second to the third, et seq.?

Second, have you thought of searching on SSRN ( vice JSTOR?

Ted McClure, Faculty Services Librarian, Phoenix School of Law

Rob Heverly

Jason, do we know for sure that most/all law reviews don't rely on Lexis and Westlaw? I had the impression from some things I've seen that at least some do.

Ted, I agree on getting close to the source. I saw a recent discussion about two versions of a widely used quotation circulating, and when it was traced back to the original written letter, neither one was correct. But do we lose all efficiency when we have to trace back each citation to its (for example) printed source? Let's assume it's not laziness, but simple desire to work efficiently. How do we square that desire with the desire to "get it right" each time?

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