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INT-LAW  February 2008, Week 1

INT-LAW February 2008, Week 1

Subject:

Re: LEXIS and Westlaw; comparison

From:

Lyonette Louis-Jacques <[log in to unmask]>

Reply-To:

International Law Librarians List (Int-Law)

Date:

Thu, 7 Feb 2008 11:52:50 -0600

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There's a research article here, Coen, so I'll just point out some things 
I've thought of re this comparison over the years.  First, agreed that 
LexisNexis does not equal WESTLAW (one of the many, many reasons why I had 
the term that has been used in discussion groups for more than a decade 
now and made its unfortunate way into the literature - it start with "We" 
and ends in "xis" - I hate seeing the term).  But I digress...

Here are some considerations when comparing the two databases:

1.  User preference (this is huge - users might be more comfortable using 
Westlaw over LexisNexis and just never think to look in the other 
databases for FCIL materials, and even avoid the database if it has the 
resource they need.  Users can decide they don't need the resource that 
badly;

2.  Uniqueness of FCIL content;

3.  Added value (e-mail alerts, blogs, saved searches for updating, etc.);

4.  Volatility of FCIL content (foreign, comparative, and international 
law databases get added and removed);

5.  Strength of FCIL content (is one database deeper and more 
comprehensive than the other in terms of foreign primary law, 
international tribunal decisions, treaties, and FCIL-related journals?);

6.  Importance/relevance to user of database contents;

7.  Alternative sources of content besides LexisNexis and WESTLAW;

8.  Relative costs.

And a general question as to whether or not the two databases are 
responsive to how today's user does international legal research.

Good luck!

MvG,
Lyo.

On Thu, 7 Feb 2008, Conrad van Laer wrote:

> dear colleagues,
>
> Where it comes to foreign or comparative law research, Iím in serious doubt
> whether LexisNexis Total Research System or Westlaw International has to be
> preferred.
>
> Both the LexisNexis Total Research System and Westlaw International provide
> European Union cases and legislation. Apart from this, some differences may
> be identified. Westlaw provides databases for fewer countries, but it seems
> that the Westlaw interface is more user-friendly. Concerning Lexis,
> precision and recall of search actions have been appreciated, as well as
> its direct access to the full text of its e-journals.
>
> What is your cost-benefit-analysis?
> Thanks in advance,
> Conrad
>
> CJP van Laer PhD
> Law librarian
>
> Maastricht University
> University Library
> PO Box 616
> 6200 MD Maastricht
> the Netherlands
>
> Telephone + 31 43 3885110
> Telefax + 31 43 3884888
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