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This past summer, Lexis surprised the legal profession with LexisOne, providing us with free case law. Free case law from Lexis? What was the catch? Apparently nothing. Just trust it to be a strategic maneuver on their part. From the start, LexisOne also included free forms and an excellent Internet Guide with links to thousands of law related sites. Six months later LexisOne continues to improve. As of this month, thousands of additional forms have been added, bringing the number to more than 6,000 official and approved forms. Forms can be searched by topic or jurisdiction. An outdated New York form was reported, with Lexis promising to have the correct form loaded within one week. The Legal Internet Guide has been enhanced with 4,000 new Web sites, bringing the total to over 20,000. The format of the Guide is clean and clear, with about 30 intuitive categories. There is nothing new or exciting with case law, though. Still available are the most recent five years in both federal and state appellate courts, with U.S. Supreme Court cases from 1790. Searching is like regular Lexis, with full Boolean, proximity connectors and truncation. But your search terms are not highlighted, and dual-column format is not offered. Also, Search Advisor, Core Terms, Case Summaries, Core Concepts and Shepard’s are not included. Bells and whistles aside, the one glaring omission is lack of federal district court case law. Given the amount of litigation at this level, it may be daunting even for Lexis to get this loaded on LexisOne. But if it is already on regular Lexis, what could be the problem? One guess is that it is tied to another aspect of LexisOne. The case law is selective. Selecting which federal district court opinions to include may be one giant headache. When we questioned case law inclusion shortly after the debut of LexisOne, Lexis responded that all cases were included, the only restriction being the five-year limit for the appellate cases. Now it turns out that there is some selection process. A very simple search was run in both LexisOne and Lexis.com: “opinionby(becker) and date is 1999″. LexisOne provided 41 cases. Lexis.com provided 64. What is the selection process? So far Lexis has not been forthcoming with an answer, despite several requests to headquarters from our local application consultants. While the case law provides some disappointments, they are continuing to wow us with other additions. The Martindale-Hubbell Law Digest has been added, providing summaries of laws of 50 states and 80 countries. The Digest also includes the complete text of 60 Uniform and Model Acts, International Conventions, Rules of Conduct for the ABA and much more. The Digest addition to LexisOne recently provided one of us with the opportunity to veto a requested purchase of an extra Digest. Why pay for a print Digest when it is now available for free? And if you access the Digest on Lexis.com, the transactional charge is approximately $47 and the hourly $545. LexisOne is available to everyone who registers, although the main page advertises it as “resources for small law firms.” But free appeals to large law firms, too. If you want to switch to the added services and features of Lexis.com, links are plentiful. Just enter your regular Lexis.com id and password. One way to approach LexisOne is to run initial searches there. Fine-tune your search strategy before you have to pay. Then jump over to Lexis.com. And if you are lucky enough to find exactly what you need on LexisOne, you can still go over to Lexis.com to Shepardize. Lexis is now advertising LexisOne on Law.com. A flashing red box states: “There’s no telling what else you may find.” It is guaranteed Lexis will continue to surprise us. Related Web sites: • LexisOne: http://www.lexisone.com/ • Lexis: http://www.lexis.com Bobbi Cross ([email protected]) is the director of research and information resources at Philadelphia’s Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis. Michelle Ayers ([email protected]) is the library director at Philadelphia’s Duane Morris & Heckscher. Both are members of the Greater Philadelphia Law Library Association.

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