Robert Ambrogi writes – “Knowing whether a case is good law is elemental to legal research. To do this, lawyers have long relied on citator services such as Shepard’s from LexisNexis and KeyCite from Westlaw. Now, the legal research service Casetext has introduced a citator of its own, called SmartCite, with many of the features you would expect to find in a citator, plus some that make it unique.”
Kristina L. Niedringhaus calls our attention to a recent article by Paul Heller whose research identified 357 citing relationships that one or more of the three major citators labeled as negative. “Out of these, all three citators agree that there was negative treatment only 53 times. This means that in 85% of these citing relationships, the three citators do not agree on whether there was negative treatment.”
In anticipation of the incorporation of Ravel Law visualization technology into an upcoming iteration of LexisAdvance, Reference Librarian and Professor Sarah Gotcshall shows us examples of how Ravel Law and Shepard’s graphical view work now.
Advanced Citation Tools and the Integration of the Legal Technology Workspace
Roger V. Skalbeck is the Technology Services Librarian and Webmaster at George Mason University School of Law in Virginia, and he is a web committee member for the Law Librarian’s Society of Washington, D.C. Opinions expressed or implied in this column do not necessarily reflect those of his current employer or any other organization. This column is, of course, 100% free of any legal advice.
GlobalCite: Is it a Third Citator ?
By Tobe Liebert
One More Look at Shepard’s Citation Service: A Private Law Librarian’s Perspective By Robyn Rebollo
Robyn Rebollo is the Washington, D.C. and McLean, Virginia, Librarian for Greenberg & Traurig. She also provides Internet consulting services to small retail companies in Washington, D.C. and Northern Virginia.
KeyCite Review By Al Harrison
Al Harrison is a patent attorney practicing intellectual property law with a concentration in computer and online law, and a mediator for related matters, with the Houston firm of Harrison & Egbert. He is a member of the faculty of the Resolution Forum focusing on mediating online via the Internet and corporate Intranets. Al is chair of the Online and Computer Law Section of the Houston Bar Association; is a past chair of the Law Practice Management Section; and sits on the council of the Federal Practice Section. He is a past chair and sits on the council of the State Bar of Texas Computer Section; and is chair of the Computer Law Committee of the Intellectual Property Law Section. He is a past chair of the Computer Law Committee of the Houston Intellectual Property Law Association.
The Great Citator Debate By Victoria Szymczak
Victoria Szymczak is Electronic Information Specialist & Adjunct Professor of Law at Brooklyn Law School Library. She is primarily responsible for instructional use and collection of electronic materials. Victoria co-teaches an Advanced Legal Research course with her colleague James Murphy, and a Foreign and International Law Research course with her colleague Jean Davis. On July 21, 1999, she will be moderating an exciting session on Canadian and Mexican legal research at the AALL Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C. Victoria has co-authored two law journal articles and many columns in Law Lines, the newsletter published by the Law Library Association of Greater New York. She received her MS from Pratt Institute in 1995 and a JD/LLM from Duke University School of Law in 1992.
New Shepard’s v. KeyCite: How Do We Compare? By Tobe Liebert
Shepard’s CD-ROM 3.2 Cheatsheet “The Basics” By Nanna K. Frye
Nanna K. Frye (J.D. & M.S.L.S.) is currently the Law Librarian for the Court of Appeal, 4th District in San Diego.