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Survey Finds that Most Law Librarians Prefer Westlaw to LexisNexis

Two librarians from Stanford Law School, J. Paul Lomio and Erika V. Wayne, have recently published the results of their study analyzing law librarians opinions on LexisNexis v. Westlaw.

As costs for research tools, both online and paper, continue to increase, librarians are often faced with the difficult decision of what materials can and should be canceled, and what new acquisitions can be made.

The survey, titled "LexisNexis vs. Westlaw," was designed to answer a few of our key questions: which database could be canceled?, what some of the effects might be from cancellation?, and what low cost or free legal research alternatives are available and
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Interestingly, law librarians overwhelmingly preferred Westlaw.
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See the complete study for the full results, including why respondents had a preference for one system over the other.