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Information Resources for Solo Practitioners & Small Law Firms

Guide prepared in conjunction with law school Solo and Small Firm Practice Course

Which is Better - Print or Electronic?

Factors to Consider

  • Intermediated v. Disintermediated
  • De-contextualization
  • Information Technology Stability, Obsolescence, Migration & Preservation
  • Generational Issues
  • Globalization and Scale Problems
  • Problem Typing and Research Tools
  • Research Cycle
  • Fee Structure and Recouping  Your Costs
  • Licensed v. Owned
legal information environment divided into octants
  Rule of thumb- Use electronic for "known item" problems and print for "subject" problems

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