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The Legal Research Game: Fee or Free Edition

Choosing the most appropriate sources to fill your research need is a crucial part of your research strategy. Knowing when it is more appropriate to use print legal research sources and when it is more appropriate to use free or fee-based electronic legal research sources is important for efficient and cost effective research. This exercise will focus on the decisions you may need to make when choosing between print, free web, and fee-based electronic databases.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of the lesson, the student will be able to:
1. Define when it is better to use print versus electronic resources.
2. Describe several free web-based research resources.
3. Explain how to evaluate the quality of free resources.
4. List factors to consider in selecting the most cost effective resource.

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