[NOTE: Updated on 4 February 2010 to link to the full text.]
Professor Stephanie Davidson of the University of Illinois College of Law has posted the full text of
the abstract of Way Beyond Legal Research: Understanding the Research Process of Legal Scholars, in the SSRN Legal Information & Technology E-journal. Here is the abstract:
How do legal scholars seek, find, and manage information in the course of producing a scholarly article or book? While the topic of legal research has been explored in the literature, few studies have been conducted exploring the research process of legal scholars, and the variety of information work that they do when they produce scholarship. This article organizes and addresses the most important research questions for understanding the research process of legal scholars. The article also addresses practical applications of this work for librarians, including the process of assessing faculty service and collection needs. Finally, it suggests a path for exploring these research questions with an empirical study, using qualitative methods.
Tags: Empirical methods in legal informatics, Law professors' legal information behavior, Legal information behavior, Legal scholars' legal information behavior, Legal scholarship, Qualitative research methods in legal informatics, Social science research methods in legal informatics, Stephanie Davidson