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This chapter covers strategies and tools for Internet research. It presents specific strategies for improving the Web search techniques. Legal information on the Web usually lacks the "added value" of commercially published material. The quality of Internet information dips lower than that of traditionally published information. While authors of traditionally published information often have biases, the lack of gatekeeping for Internet information means that Web pages are more likely to contain biased information. The chapter also covers technologies such as blogs, electronic discussion lists, and wikis. Blogs and electronic discussion lists create smaller online communities with shared information interests. They act as a tool to keep the apprised of new developments and a way to communicate with other researchers and experts. A wiki is a collaborative Web site containing information created by its users. Wiki software allows site visitors to add, delete, and otherwise modify entries on the site.

Keywords: blogs; electronic discussion lists; internet research; search engines; web search techniques; wiki software



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