Readings in Legal Information, pt. 6
An interesting topic about which little has been said: information-seeking behavior by lawyers. We all know it’s different, both in its drive for a comprehensiveness (as opposed to simple utility), and in the ways in which it serves advocacy. But there hasn’t been very much research on how, exactly, that works — or on how lawyer information-seeking practices differ from those of information seekers in other fields (actually, we might back away from that claim a little — this area is ripe for a literature review that we have not had time to do).
Much of the little that is out there describes a transition from printed books to online research, something that now looks a bit dated. But there are a exceptions to that, good starting points all:
- Kuhlthau and Tama, Information Seeking Behavior of Lawyers.
- Makri, Blandford, and Cox, Studying Law Students’ Information Seeking Behaviour to Inform the Design of Digital Law Libraries (which has a rather useful bibliography).