Caveat Emptor: Internet Websites for legal information.
Is the website updated
In print sources, researchers may judge the timeliness by
reviewing the copyright date or publication issue. The
Internet, on the otherhand, has no uniform way to document
timeliness of publication.
Outdated legal information abounds. Examine these two
Example #1:Look over New York State consolidated Laws at
Findlaw.com. Click any code and expand the section.
Can you determine the status of the law? No. Is it
good law? There is no way you can tell if it is good law
because the site lacks dates and references.
Example #2:Go to
Pennsylvania Statutes,Title 23 Chapter 11. Scroll down
to the revised date. The date is supposed to signify the
last revision. As you can see the date is 1999- five years
ago. Is this good law?
ON THE OTHERHAND, there are good websites
noted for their accuracy. For example the
includes the Federal Register and congressional Record.
both websites add to the databases the morning of the day of
publication. As a legal assistant you will find the
current day's issues here before they enter a library
good website is Katsuey's Legal
Links. This site is created and maintained by a working
paralegal. Most of websites are free to view.