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I take exception to Carolyn Elefant’s enthusiasm for using the Internet to conduct legal research ( Legal Research: Saved by the Web). Call me a quaint anachronism and killjoy from a bygone era, but I believe that, among the cardinal rules of effective research, the rule, “Thou shalt not reinvent the wheel,” has a hallowed place. Therefore, it would not have occurred to me to try to reproduce that labyrinth of complicated Internet searches in which Ms. Elefant takes such delight: I am afraid that the digital Minotaur would devour me before I found my way out. I should rather have visited my local county or academic law library, and used those prosaic sources that our attorney may not have consulted since her dreadful first year in law school. I am referring to that interstitial “web” of legal finding aids – ALRs, AmJurs, and even West Key Numbering Systems of my anachronistic librarian world. And as for Ms. Elefant’s worry about relying on a 20-year old precedent – or, heaven forbid, a 50 year-old precedent – it is much ado about nothing, at least if the precedents are of singular importance. Silly me for supposing that, in the sacred tradition of luminaries like Benjamin Cardozo and Oliver Wendell Holmes, historical precedent should still inform the law. But then I work for a somewhat august and rarefied employer, whose position in this matter, I must add, I do not represent. Michael Ginsborg Assistant Law Librarian California Supreme Court

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