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Do you know the difference between Law.com, TheLaw.com, and USLaw.com? Neither did we, so we went searching. Here is the answer in a nutshell: Law.com ( www.law.com) is a legal portal aimed at legal professionals, law students, businesses, and the public. A privately owned company, law.com offers free and fee-based legal content, and also sports a store, online CLE seminars, 50 state-specific sites, and many other features. Alert Publications, Inc. has a license agreement with law.com, and you will find selected articles from our newsletters on this site. TheLaw.com ( http://www.thelaw.com) is a “legal Web site designed to bring together small businesses and consumers.” It benefits from having former New York Mayor Ed Koch as one of its owners. It offers live chats with lawyers, support groups, and bulletin boards. Lawyers who register with the company can sell work products on its related site, http://www.thelawx.com. USLaw.com ( http://www.uslaw.com) is aimed at consumers and small businesses. Nine topical law channels from Family Law to Small Business are offered. There are also bulletin boards for the same topics. For a fee, there is a “create a document” feature, which prompts users to create and download a personalized document. The site uses practicing attorneys to answer questions, which is in keeping with its emphasis on being a referral service for its lawyer members who are mostly from small firms. The latter is a product of USLaw.com’s Affiliate Network of sole and small-firm practitioners. LIFE AFTER LAW LIBRARIES Cella Mitchell had worked for more than 20 years as a law librarian, most recently at Landels Ripley & Diamond in San Francisco, when she joined the dot.com revolution. She is now the information specialist for http://www.lawcommerce.com. The site won’t go live until January 2001, but you can take a look at it now to see the range of products and services that it will offer. Online legal research, expert witnesses, and legal filing services are only a small sampling of what will be available. Mitchell is in charge of creating content for the legal research channel. Lexis-Nexis was so impressed with the list of “blue-chip” firms that have signed up for the lawcommerce.com service that it has become an investor in the company and a sponsor for the legal research channel. EMARKETPLACE Apparently the Lexis-Nexis people feel that this market is so big that despite investing in lawcommerce.com, they will launch their own site. Appropriately dubbed eMarketplace, the site will allow legal professionals to purchase office supplies, insurance, gifts, and other services and products. eMarketplace will be available in December at lexisone.com. WWW.SEVERE.NET Take a look at www.severe.net if you or any attorneys at your firm handle Social Security Disability Benefits law. The site contains legal information and resources including statutes and regulations, news articles, and links to Gray’s Anatomy, Merck’s Manual, and several other relevant resources. QPASS ARTICLES Ever wonder what happened to Andrew Eston, president of the defunct NewsNet database? Well, he landed with Qpass, as director of publisher alliances. Qpass is an easy way to buy digital content. I went to the Web site for The New York Times to look for a recent article. I found it and purchased it for about $3. First, I had to register with Qpass, which was very easy. It was not at all intrusive; you do not have to give your telephone or fax numbers or an address. I was able to store my credit card data as well. When I went back to my account when writing this, I found that it was inactive due to an expired credit card. It was easy to update. Law librarians should note Qpass not only for The New York Times on the Web. The Wall Street Journal Interactive Edition, Factiva, USA Today, Morningstar’s one-page mutual fund profiles, and Forbes also use Qpass. Once you register, you can use your account for any of the companies in the Qpass network. http://www.qpass.com HANDY FEATURE FROM LLRX I sometimes think about the other law-related e-mail lists that I would like to read, but give up when it comes to finding out how to subscribe to them. I recently discovered a feature on LLRX that lets you sign up for a variety of lists with one simple form. Check out http://www.llrx.com.

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