Quote of the month: Concepts and keywords

After teaching legal information retrieval to first year law students for a few weeks, I started thinking about how we actually search for legal sources. Barbara Bintliff’s thoughts were very interesting in this regard: Legal research no longer requires beginning with knowledge of the law because the emphasis of electronic research is on facts and … Continue reading Quote of the month: Concepts and keywords

Plagiarism as tension between creativity and sharing

Excellent post on The Plagiarism Perplex by Barbara Fister on plagiarism and the grey area between creativity and sharing, writing and reading: There is an extraordinary tension in our culture between individual creativity and the creative community, between originality and a shared body of knowledge, between the acts of reading culture and writing culture. And our students … Continue reading Plagiarism as tension between creativity and sharing

Quote of the month: Legal information retrieval vs jigsaw puzzles

Though there are different theories on why people search for information - suggesting uncertainty, satisfying a goal or simple curiosity - a gap in knowledge seems rather convincing in a legal setting. Assuming that lawyers generally search for legal sources in order to deal with a working task, the following statement is very persuasive: Some … Continue reading Quote of the month: Legal information retrieval vs jigsaw puzzles

Where legal sources meet technology and their users

Two questions are of importance when discussing legal information retrieval: Where legal sources meet technology and their users and When legal sources meet technology and their users In my opinion, the triad of these building blocks - legal theory, technology and users - has to be taken into consideration when one asks how legal information … Continue reading Where legal sources meet technology and their users

Quote of the month: users and procedural knowledge

Reading a lot of material on the user perspective of information retrieval, I came across the following quote: [...] despite experience with using general-purpose search engines, users may never discover strategies such as those known by the expert reference librarians. The knowledge to use such strategies needs to be explicitly taught. Furthermore, the decomposition and … Continue reading Quote of the month: users and procedural knowledge