ERIC Number: ED169603
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-May
Reference Count: 0
LEXIS: Applications for Research in Communication & Law.
Rodgers, Raymond S.; Barefield, Paul A.
One response to the large and rapidly growing number of legal cases with which nonlawyer researchers must deal is computerized legal data retrieval technology. LEXIS, an example of such technology, improves upon traditional research tools in two ways: it increases the speed with which researchers may discover relevant documents and, through its full-text Key Word in Context (KWIC) approach, it frees researchers from preestablished legal index headings and enables them to formulate unique search requests. The LEXIS system currently consists of several "libraries," including all United States Supreme Court cases dating from 1938 (eventually all Supreme Court cases will be stored). Like other computerized data retrieval systems, LEXIS functions on a combination of features such as connectors and limitors, and it requires carefully phrased search requests to be most effective. While computer time appears to be expensive, the amount of material generated in a short time makes it relatively economical. In brief, LEXIS provides nonlawyer researchers with a speedy, reliable, and relatively inexpensive tool with which to complete their tasks. (FL)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: LEXIS System
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Eastern Communication Association (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, May 5-7, 1979)