Best Practices to Find the Best Legal Information


Law librarians, while they can’t give advice, are great sources of information on legal information.  They can evaluate or find ways to evaluate resources to determine when they are helpful and when they are not.  So here is a librarian’s tip on how to evaluate legal sites on the Internet.  The American Bar Association has published “Best Practice Guidelines for Legal Information Site Providers.”  These are for providers but they also show what you should expect from a legal information site.  With these in hand, you will be able to better evaluate legal information web sites and separate the wheat from the chaff…

1 Comment

  1. david giacalone

    October 31, 2006 @ 12:30 pm


    Good resource, John. But, you shouldn’t be shy about touting the work of other law librarians in Maryland. A nice short set of guidelines is Legal Websites: Separating the “Good from the Bad and the Ugly”, by the Maryland Peoples Law Library and Maryland Legal Assistance Network. PLL and MLAN have put together this brochure/webpage, which asks “How can you tell a reputable legal information site from one published by the con artist?” To help you decide if a website is reliable, it suggests “10 signs of excellence in a legal website.”

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