ERIC Number: ED314084
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1986-May
Database Reviews: Legal Information.
Detailed reviews of two legal information databases--"Laborlaw I" and "Legal Resource Index"--are presented in this paper. Each database review begins with a bibliographic entry listing the title; producer; vendor; cost per hour contact time; offline print cost per citation; time period covered; frequency of updates; and size of file. A detailed discussion and assessment of each of the databases is also provided. "Laborlaw I," a comprehensive index and abstracting service for all U.S. federal and state court and administrative agency decisions pertaining to labor relations, is characterized as being a specialist's database. It is argued that the pervasive use of legal phraseology, extensive abbreviations, technical nature of the material indexed, and the complex file structure of this database make it most suitable for use in legal or academic libraries. "Legal Resource Index," a database that provides cover-to-cover indexing of 750 law reviews and bar association journals, law newspapers, and selective law-related articles appearing in standard magazine indexes, is assessed as being appropriate for the end-user as well as the information specialist. However, it is suggested that an "intended audience" field would be a useful addition, allowing the layperson or practitioner to refine search results at a desired level. (SD)
Publication Type: Book/Product Reviews
Education Level: N/A
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