Westlaw v. WestlawNext – the Showdown

Rob Willey and Melanie Oberlin are recruiting GMU law students to participate in our study comparing Westlaw and WestlawNext. If you complete our study in which you answer 10 questions using Westlaw and 10 using WestlawNext, we will give you a $5 gift card to Starbucks and enter you in a drawing to win a Kindle Fire E-reader. The study will take about 1 hour to complete. Our next sessions are at the following times:

  • Wednesday, February 22 at Noon in Computer Lab 342.
  • Wednesday, March 7 at Noon in Computer Lab 342.
  • Thursday, March 8 at 5:00 in Computer Lab 342.

If you’re interested in completing the study but you prefer to do it on your own time, please contact Melanie moberlin@gmu.edu or Rob rwilley@gmu.edu for more information.

All Printers Are Working

Update of August 30th post: The Westlaw printer in the microforms room on the Library’s first floor is working. All printers — Lexis and Westlaw in the microforms room and in Lab 351, and pay-for-print stations in the microforms room and Lab 351 — are working. If you haven’t had the nice guys in Computing Services (Library Room 362) configure your laptop to print to the pay-for-print stations, visit them at your earliest convenience. You also need to load money on a print card or your Mason ID to pay (8 cents per page) for your print jobs at the pay-for-print stations.

Dos and Don’ts for Summer Associates

PrawfsBlawg has offered some Advice to the New Summer Associate in Big Law.  While most of these recommendations and admonitions are (hopefully!) common sense, they still may serve as a useful reminder.  Good counsel here includes: 

  • Make sure you walk away from an assignment meeting with all the information you need; don’t be afraid to ask questions  
  • Proofread
  • Quality of work is more important than quantity

Annual Student Survey

Please take a few minutes to complete a short survey about George Mason’s Law Library and Technology services.  The library staff reads all of your suggestions and has implemented many of them.  So please let us know what you think—including any comments about this blog! 

The survey ends on Friday, May 13, 2011.

Thank you!!

“Intelligent” computers perform discovery

Do your eyes glaze over when you think of e-discovery and e-records management? Mine do. But we better all perk up. This NYTimes story reports on how computer programs have been used to handle large discovery jobs in record time, and how computer surveillance programs can detect “digital anomolies” that may reveal white collar crime. We are all going to have to be tech savvy to best handle our cases, advise our clients, and stay out of trouble.