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Many of the people who glibly toss around the “disruptive” technology or innovation phrase are a lot like the people who toss around theKabuki theatre” phrase. The speaker or writer is usually unable in either instance to explain exactly WHY something is disruptive or Kabuki, or even “ish.”

The Harvard Business Review, December 2015 issue, may come to your rescue:

“What Is Disruptive Innovation?” by Clayton M. Christensen, Michael E. Raynor, Rory McDonald, HBR, Dec 2015

If that link ceases to work, here’s the article’s Wayback Machine URL.

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LoisLaw is dead; long live Fastcase/Loislaw.

Research Tip: Good word searches won’t get you very far if you don’t update your research.

(And all good legal researchers know how to “update the law.”)

SO, if you search for: free or low cost legal research databases … make sure you look for the MOST RECENT search results. Otherwise you’ll end up with yesterday’s search results (and yesterday’s databases), when what you need are today’s results.

(Extra tip: Make sure you do this “updating” step whenever you search for forms, instructions, memos, news, etc. Unless of course you want YESTERDAY’S forms, instructions, etc. And sometimes one does want yesterday’s documents.)

We blog about lot of free and low cost legal research databases, see tags below,

BUT, you still have to update those posts, because Change Happens and the World Moves On Quite Happily Without You. (In fact it appears that it moves on a whole lot better without humans at all, so watch out. If you don’t believe me, Google this, Chernobyl wildlife without humans.)

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If you’re not an expert researcher or if you don’t have access to a large law library with professional foreign and international law librarians, the key to productive legal research is the “Legal Research Guide,” most of which are created by those professional and expert law librarians, many of whom also have US and foreign law degrees.

For example:

1) NYU’s GlobalLex (sample Researching Canadian Law)

2) You can also visit the Law Library of Congress

3) You can search the web using keywords like legal research guide [country name]

4) Or, visit just about any law school library’s foreign and international legal research website. (Don’t forget to check the websites for law libraries in other countries.)

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Two recent articles worth reading if you want to research online and recall the past:

Net for Lawyers: Google’s News Search is in Even Worse Condition Than we First Thought, Another in an Unfortunately Growing Series of Articles about Google Search Problems

“The Cobweb: Can the Internet be archived? by Jill Lepore, New Yorker, Jan. 26, 2015 issue.

See previous OLR post: Save that Webpage to the Internet Archive!

Link to Perma cc website.

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From Dewey B Strategic (always worth reading – not sure if there is an audio version):

Tuesday, June 2, 2015: “Listen up: Isn’t it time for Legal Publishers to Offer Audio News Playlists? Modio Legal Is Open and Ready For Business” (And read the Comments, too.)

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Short answer: No. (But your questions do give us ideas for future blog posts!)

Longer answer: The two professional law librarians currently posting to this blog serve a county of 500,000+ residents (and the rest of Oregon – and other states and countries on occasion) and run a public law library so we just don’t have the time to answer everyone’s questions. (But you can visit your own county’s Law Library and research your question!)

Longest, and perhaps more useful, answer for those with legal reference or research questions: Please read the legal research tips we provided in our August 2010 blog post:

Responses to “Oregon Legal Research Blog” Reader Legal Questions

LAST, keep in mind, this is a Legal Research blog, NOT a fee-based or free legal research service. It does not perform your legal research or provide you with legal advice, legal analysis, or legal interpretations. For those services you’ll need to talk to your elected officials or an attorney. (See also our Oregon Legal Assistance Resource Guide.)

Other Disclaimers:

It is against state law for library staff members to engage in any conduct that might constitute the unauthorized practice of law (ORS 9.160, 9.166 and 9.21). They may not interpret statutes, cases or regulations, perform legal research, recommend or assist in the preparation of forms, or advise patrons regarding their legal rights. They may, however, assist patrons in locating materials or links that would aid in individual research.

If you have a legal problem, please consult an attorney. The Oregon State Bar Information and Referral Service has a toll free number to call to get names of attorneys in your area; call their referral service at 503-684-3763 or 1-800-452-7636.

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Google Scholar Case Law Evolves by Mark Giangrande, Law Librarian blog:

Excerpt: “…. Google is hardly a substitute for any of the commercial databases as it does not have the value-added features such as secondary sources and others. At the same time, anyone searching Scholar’s case law database can do so with a good amount of confidence in my opinion….” [Google Scholar Case Law Evolves]

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From the Gallagher Law Library Blog: Alternative Legal Research Databases

When you think of online legal research, LexisAdvance, WestlawNext, or BloombergLaw probably spring to mind. With summer fast approaching, it may be worthwhile to explore some alternative legal research databases….” [Link to Gallagher Law Library blog post.]