By Stephanie Meharg, CP
A typical case research assignment begins for me something like this: Stephanie, please find for me everything you can on this company, or industry, or potential expert, or lawyer, or judge. I think they might be somewhere out west, maybe Arizona. Now you know what I know. Go!
So where is a busy paralegal to turn when faced with this assignment? Most companies have a website these days, most experts are affiliated with a university, there’s www.martindale.com for attorneys, Google, Wikipedia, Bing, and EVERYONE has a Facebook account. Easy right? Not always. People, need I remind you that this is the information age. There is a TON of stuff out there. Finding what is relevant and useful in a vast sea of “everyone’s got an opinion and a computer” is pretty daunting. You can easily find yourself running in circles. So where do you start?