Resources and computers used by our students

Last week was the first week of classes.  We have 27 students in our Advanced Legal Research class.  We started the class by going  around the room and having the students tell us about their summer work experiences this past summer and, in particular, what research resources they used the msot.  Our students worked in a fascinating array of positions — law firms, government agencies, federal courts, NGOs, and  public interest organizations.   Listed below, as a most unscientific survey,  is the list of different resources and the number of students who reported using it.

Google – 18

Westlaw – 14

LexisNexis – 11

Books – 8

Various databases licensed by Stanford University – 6

City/municipal codes – 5

PACER – 4

A librarian – 4

HeinOnline – 3

EDGAR – 2

PubMed – 2

ONLaw (California CEB database) – 1

SSRN – 1

Also interesting to me was the number of glowing apples shining back at me from their open laptops.  Of the 27 students in the class, only 4 have Windows machines — the rest all have Macs!

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About Paul Lomio

Paul is library director and lecturer at law at Stanford Law School. He has a J.D. from Gonzaga Law School, an LL.M. from the University of Washington, and a M.L.I.S. from the Catholic University of America. He is the author (with Henrik Spang-Hanssen) of Legal Research Methods in the U.S. and Europe. He also likes to ride his bicycle.

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