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Researching in the Law Firm Environment: What Law Firm Librarians Want You to Know

Resources and advice curated by Keslie Kandt, Research Librarian, at Davis Graham and Stubbs LLP in Denver, Colorado.

The Cost of Research

Research and research tools are not free. In law school you have access to almost the full breadth of legal and academic research database and resources. However, in the real world each of these resources has a cost. It is also very likely that you will have access to fewer resources in a firm. You may have only one of the two primary databases Westlaw or Lexis or you may have access to only certain aspects of each. Further, additional resources that you may have become accustomed to using may not be available at all or only in a limited capacity, including Bloomberg Law, Proquest databases, and Heinonline, among many others.

In addition to more limited access to resources, using resources incurs a cost. You should familiarize yourself with your firm's pricing contract with the major research vendors.  Please see the links below for general information about the pricing of the popular paid legal research databases.

Westlaw Pricing Information, see also Sample Pricing guide.

Lexis Pricing Information

For more information about pricing comparisons see Above the Law's Choosing the Right Legal Research Tool for Your Firm.

This cost may or may not be passed along to clients, but regardless efficient research is important. Thus, you should familiarize yourself with techniques for efficient research as well as free legal research tools. Here are some links to research guides on the topic to get you started:

Georgetown Free and Low Cost Legal Research Guide

Harvard Free Legal Research Resources Guide

GMU Free Legal Research Resources

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