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					Cost Effective Lexis & Westlaw
               and
Alternatives to Lexis & Westlaw

        Sue Altmeyer
           c 2009
Topics Covered


   The Cost of Lexis and Westlaw
   Frugal Lexis and Westlaw Use
   Low cost databases
   Free Internet Sources
   Library Sources (briefly)
Flat Rate Plans

   Even if flat rate plan, client charged or maybe
    outside of plan

   Greater Usage = Greater Cost for Flat Rate
    Plan next year
How to tell when out of plan

   Lexis- items outside of plan not accessible.
    Another account to access off plan. Or, may
    have dollar signs.

   Westlaw-Message saying outside of plan
    Computing Westlaw Costs
• Florida Briefs Multibase
• Click     for rate
• Select rate = $11.03/min (see Florida Govt
  2008 Subscriber Agreement)
• Click Subscriber for per search cost
• Add communication charges - .22/min
• Add print/download costs – .04 per line or
  $20 per document
Cost-Saving Tips for Lexis/WL

   See Efficient /Cost Effective Legal Research
    C-M Guide
   Cost Effective Westlaw – powerpoint
   Lexis 20 Minute Webinar
•Ask librarian/managing partner about price
plan.
•Use print or lower cost databases
•Plan your search before you go online
•Call the Reference Attorneys
•Narrowest Source
•Broad Search, Focus/Locate
•Table of Contents
•Book Browse on LEXIS (not Westlaw)
•History (L) or Research Trail (W)
• Alerts
• (Search by Topic/Headnote (L); KeyNumber/
  Keysearch W)
• Get a Document (L), Find (W)
• 50 state surveys
• Westlaw, printing (per line/per document) &
  searching (transactional/hourly)
• Print from browser/Copy with Reference
• Get and Print, Find and Print
• Briefcheck to Shepardize; Westcheck to
  Keycite
Reference Attorney Phone Nos.


   800 45 LEXIS
   1-800-REF-ATTY (733-2889) (Westlaw)
   1-800-850-9378 for law students (Westlaw)
Low Cost Databases
     Stripped down versions of
             Lexis/WL

• Casemaker –Free w/ free
  student OSBA membership
• Fastcase – Free w/ Cleve bar
  membership
• Lois Law – C-M has, CLL has
• Versus Law – Free to Law
  students
 Articles re. Low Cost Database
• Four Legal Research Companies Offer Mid-
  priced Options, Wisconsin Law Journal, Sept. 4,
  2008
• A Guide to Fee-Based U. S. Legal Research
  Databases – Globalex, Dec 2006
• 2006 comparison – Univ. Wash. Law Library
• Robert Ambrogi – Casemaker vs. Fastcase 2009
  (wrong about statutes in Fastcase. Not
  everyone agrees w/conclusion)
Access to Low Cost Databases


   Go to Library Website, Electronic Resources
    Page.

   Casemaker: Free with FREE student
    membership to the Ohio State Bar
    Association OR Librarians can sign you in
                    Contents
       Unanno Cases       Unanno   “Shepard’s Other
       Statutes w/o       Regs     –Like
                Headnotes          Feature”

Loislaw Yes    Yes –      Yes      Yes       Treatises,
                                             Forms, Public
               Ohio                          Records
               unreported                    (depends on
               1997-                         plan)

Case Yes       Yes –      Yes      Yes       Some
                                             Jurisdictions -
maker          Ohio                          Jury Instruc.,
               unreported                    Jury Verdicts,
               1981-                         More
                       Contents
            Unanno      Cases             Unanno “Shepard’s
            Statutes    w/o               Regs   –Like
                        Headnotes                Feature”

Fastcase    Internet    Fed App 1925-,    Mostly Yes
            links for 8 Ohio 1950 -,      Internet
            states      Ohio unreported   Links
                        2000-.Coverage
Versuslaw   Fed if pay Ohio 1950 -.       Fed if   Yes
See help,   more, no Ohio unreported      pay
Content/    state       1995 -.           more,
Features                Older Fed         no
                        District More $   State
                    Searching
          Boolean       Natural    Fields   Search
                        Language            databases
                                            together

Loislaw   Yes - near2   No         Yes      Yes



Casemaker Yes - w/n,     No        Yes      Fed
          w/sent, w/para                    together,
                                            State
                                            CASES
                                            together
Special Feature of Loislaw




“ MY SAVED SEARCHES”!
                  Searching
           Boolean     Natural  Fields         Search
                       Language                databases
                                               together

Fastcase   Yes - w/n   Yes        Date, cite   Yes
                                  look-up
                                  only

Versus     Yes - w/n   Yes       4 fields,     For addtl
Law                    default   see help      fee
                       connector
                       is ADJ
Casemaker Webinar

   Nov 18, 12-1 pm
   Casemaker Webinar information
  Primary & Secondary – Specific
             Subjects
• BNA – See Electronic Resources page for
  links.
• CCH - See Electronic Resources page for
  links.
• RIA Checkpoint
                  BNA
• Current awareness, may contain past 12
  years ex. U.S. Law Week/Supreme Court
  Today ; Daily Labor Report (DLR
  expensive!).
• Sign up for BNA Current Awareness
  Services
• Libraries, ex. Labor and Employment Law
  Library , IP Library or ABA/BNA lawyers'
  manual on professional conduct
       CCH Intelliconnect
• Both Primary and Secondary Sources
• Topics Covered:
  Antitrust
  Banking
  Corporate Governance
  Health Care and Medicaid/Medicare
  Labor & Employment, Pensions
  Securities
CCH

   Boolean searching, w/n etc.
   Federated Searching
   Indexes
   Current awareness emails – Sign up
    Instructions
   Works better in IE browser
   Known for their fifty state charts
What’s on the Free Web

   All US Supreme Court Cases
   Reported Federal Appellate from 1882
   Some Unreported Fed App, Fed District
   State cases: early-mid nineties
   Statutes & Regulations- federal and states
   Municipal Ordinances
   LOTS more!
Start with a Good Internet Portal

   From the Library Home Page – Legal
    Research on the Web
   Public Records & People Finders
   Cornell Legal Information Institute (LII)
   FindLaw
   Other Portals
Use LEGAL Search Engines

   Cornell University Legal Research Engine
   LexisWeb
   FindLaw LawCrawler
   Justia
   List of Search Legal Engines
Web Sites to Know

   C-M Guide Forms & Practice Materials
   Thomas.gov – Federal Legislative History
   LexisONE – past 10 yrs caselaw, Lexis
    search capability
   GPO Access – Fed’l Govt. will be FDSys
   Martindale Hubbell Law Digest
   Ohio Supreme Court
Library Resources

   C-M - Lexis Academic
   Cleveland Public - Ohio Westlaw
   Pro se Lexis - Justice Center
   County Law Libraries – may charge fee to
    use computer. Lexis, Westlaw or both

				
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