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The key terms of this chapter include Computer, Legal Research, Internet, Legal Sources, Legal Documents, Agency Materials, Law, Articles, Secondary Sources, Legal Information, Court Opinions.


Which of the following statements is true regarding legal research?​

a. ​Computers and online services have simplified and improved the ability of paralegals to do high-quality legal research.- correct

b. ​Computers have made paralegal work more difficult.

c. ​The Internet is rarely used in legal research.

d. ​Computer-assisted legal research is slow and time consuming.


Which of the following is an advantage of online legal research?​

a. ​Legal sources can be located and printed within a matter of minutes.

b. ​Legal research can be conducted at a legal professional’s desk.

c. ​New case decisions and amendments to statutes are available almost immediately.

d. ​All of these choices are correct.- correct

e. ​None of these choices is correct.


Which of the following statements is true regarding legal research?​

a. ​Computer-assisted legal research is slow and time consuming.

b. ​Computers have made paralegal work more difficult.

c. ​The Internet is rarely used in legal research.

d. ​None of these choices is correct.- correct


Which of the following is an example of a fee-based service providing court opinions, statutes, and agency materials?​

a. ​Lexis – correct

b. ​Google Scholar

c. ​Cornell Law School’s Legal Information Institute

d. ​Lexis and Google Scholar


Which of the following is an example of a fee-based service providing court opinions, statutes, and agency materials?​

a. ​Lexis

b. ​Loislaw

c. ​Casemaker

d. ​All of these choices are correct.- correct


____ is a technology that allows users to access databases that contain case law or statutory law governing a particular issue.​

a. ​A database management system

b. ​A spreadsheet program

c. ​E-mail

d. ​Computer-assisted legal research – correct


Which of the following is not an example of a fee-based service providing court opinions, statutes, and agency materials?​

a. ​Lexis

b. ​Loislaw

c. ​Google Scholar – correct

d. ​All of these choices are correct.


Which of the following is an example of a free service providing court opinions, statutes, and agency materials?​

a. ​Lexis

b. ​Loislaw

c. ​Casemaker

d. ​Cornell Law School’s Legal Information Institute – correct


Which of the following is a commonly used legal site for those not using fee-based services?​

a. ​Justia

b. ​FindLaw for Legal Professionals

c. ​Cornell Law School’s Legal Information Institute

d. ​All of these choices are correct.- correct


Many legal documents, such as statutes and cases, are ___ documents and available free on the web.​

a. ​public – correct

b. ​private

c. ​proprietary

d. ​personal


The dominant legal information portal for legal professionals that is free is which of the following?​

a. ​Findlaw.com

b. ​Lp.findlaw.com – correct

c. ​Findlaw.lp.com

d. ​Findlawlp.com


Major free legal resource sites include which of the following?​

a. ​Cornell University Law School Group

b. ​Washburn University Law School

c. ​Internet Legal Research

d. ​Cornell University Law School Group and Washburn University Law School only

e. ​All of these choices are correct.- correct


Which of the following is likely to be found on the Internet for free?​

a. ​Legal encyclopedias

b. ​Treatises

c. ​Law review articles – correct

d. ​All of these choices are correct.


____ are not likely to be found on the web for free.​

a. ​Primary sources

b. ​Secondary sources – correct

c. ​Court opinions

d. ​All of these choices are correct.


Increasing numbers of ____ are available free on the Internet.​

a. ​law review articles – correct

b. ​treatises

c. ​legal encyclopedias

d. ​digests


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