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September 9, 2008

If anyone has insight…

How does one go about doing extensive research for an academic-style paper without unlimited and free Westlaw and Lexis access? (I’m not looking for someone to say, “Go to the books!” One, I have no time for that and two, my topic isn’t caselaw based.) Obviously Google, FindLaw, Hein (which I still have access to), and other free resources are useful, but they all have their limitations. How do future academics do this?

Update: Um, not sure why comments were off. They’re on now.

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  1. September 9, 2008 at 7:53 pm

    http://www.lexisweb.com is free while it’s still in the beta stage. Haven’t checked it out myself, but the sales rep did a little demonstration.

  2. k
    September 9, 2008 at 7:54 pm

    Oooh. Thanks, McPan! That might be just what I was looking for.

  3. September 9, 2008 at 10:07 pm

    You might be able to apply through your school to extend your Westlaw account. I know over the summer, for example, you can keep your account active for research purposes as long as you agree to not use it for work. There might be a similar type of research access for recent grads — you could also just try asking your school’s Westlaw or Lexis rep, especially if you have a professor advising you who could vouch for you.

  4. KB
    September 10, 2008 at 2:05 pm

    Try google scholar first – it is pretty nice and you can get pdf of many of the papers from there so you don’t even need to go to a library…

  5. kaytie
    September 21, 2008 at 3:07 pm

    Our state law library provides free Lexis access to the public, though printing costs 10 cents a page.

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