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The key terms of this chapter include Legal Research Services, Bloomberg Law, Lexis, Natural Language, Store Materials, Electronic File.


Which of the following has recently emerged as an alternative resource provider in the subscription-based online legal research services?​

a. ​Bloomberg Law – correct

b. ​Westlaw

c. ​Lexis

d. ​Google Scholar


Which of the following is unique content provided by Bloomberg Law?​

a. ​Court dockets

b. ​Bureau of National Affairs law reports – correct

c. ​Legal filings

d. ​Legal reports


37. If your firm’s Internet connection goes out while you are conducting important online legal research, you should​

a. ​switch your research to a smartphone or tablet Internet connection.- correct

b. ​advise your supervisor that you can no longer work on the case.

c. ​ask your supervisor for an extension and then call the client and explain that the case will be delayed due to technical difficulties.

d. ​do nothing and wait for the connection to be reset.


Possible actions to take if your firm’s Internet connection goes out while you are conducting important online legal research include which of the following?​

a. ​Switch your research to a smartphone or tablet Internet connection.

b. ​Go to a local coffee shop with Internet connectivity.

c. ​Ask your supervisor for an extension and then call the client and explain that the case will be delayed due to technical difficulties.

d. ​Switch your research to a smartphone or tablet Internet connection and go to a local coffee shop with Internet connectivity.- correct


Which of the following is a reason you may not be able to use Westlaw or Lexis as a research tool?​

a. ​The case involves Westlaw or Lexis.

b. ​The judge for the case does not approve of Westlaw or Lexis.

c. ​The client cannot afford the cost of their use.- correct

d. ​All of these choices are correct.


To keep down research costs, paralegals should​

a. ​do initial research on free sites.- correct

b. look for illegal free downloads of Lexis or Westlaw.​

c. ​use Lexis or Westlaw only in the evenings when fees are lower.

d. ​All of these choices are correct.


Which of the following would be included in Westlaw or Lexis?​

a. Law reviews​

b. ​Legal encyclopedias

c. ​Magazines

d. ​None of these choices is correct.

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


Which of the following would not be included in Westlaw or Lexis?

a. Law reviews​

b. ​Legal encyclopedias

c. ​Magazines

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


When using a cloud backup service to store materials off-site, it is important to

a. ​check on the materials daily.

b. ​save the file under several different names.​

c. make sure the cloud service offers adequate security.- correct

d. ​All of these choices are correct.


A paralegal’s electronic files should be ​

a. backed up to an external hard drive.

b. organized according to the firm’s filing system.

c. backed up to a secure off-site backup system.

d. All of these choices are correct.- correct


​A paralegal should be prepared for power outages and computer failure by ​

a. ​never putting off research to the last minute.​

b. ​having a backup system and using it.

c. downloading and archiving crucial information.​

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


______ language searching uses the database’s own unique algorithm that ranks document relevance on factors such as the frequency with which your search terms appear in the document.​

a. ​Natural – correct

b. ​Boolean

c. ​Native

d. Common l


32. Natural language searching is best when the researcher​

a. ​knows an exact term to search for.

b. ​only knows a few basic terms to search.- correct

c. ​has very detailed information to search with.

d. ​has a lot of time to search.


Boolean searching is sometimes referred to as _____ searching.​

a. ​“specific”

b. ​“natural”

c. ​“terms and connector” – correct

d. ​“exact”


Boolean searching can be used in which of the following databases?​

a. ​Lexis only

b. ​Westlaw only

c. ​Both Lexis and Westlaw – correct

d. ​Neither Lexis nor Westlaw


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