Crowdsourced Legal Research: Two Websites Worth a Look

crowdsourceAccording to dictionary.com, “crowdsource” means “to utilize (labor, information, etc.) contributed by the general public to (a project), often via the Internet and without compensation”.  Wikipedia, probably the most well-known example of crowdsourcing, is a community of users that contributes encyclopedic type information to an online site. New to the crowdsourcing phenomenon are two legal research crowdsourced sites.

Need to know what the elements are of a cause of action for negligent misrepresentation? Mootus might be able to help! It is a great site for tapping the collective wisdom of the crowd on a variety of legal issues. Users post the questions and others weigh in with answers and cases to back up their arguments. Registration is required and basic access is free but only permits users to suggest a topic. Additional access levels require paid subscriptions.

Casetext bills itself as “a community of lawyers, law professors, and law students helping each other understand the law by annotating key legal documents.” The site provides a searchable database of cases, statutes, regulations and contracts and offers legal analysis and commentary from the community of contributors alongside the text of the documents. Currently it is completely free and according to the site plans to remain so.

Like any crowdsourced site, they will only thrive if people contribute to them. So why not jump into the fray by offering your ideas and thus help others reap the benefit of the collective knowledge of a community of legal professionals.

About Cheryl Niemeier

Cheryl Niemeier is Director of Knowledge & Research Services at Bose McKinney & Evans LLP. Ms. Niemeier received her Master of Science in Library Science from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana in 1986 and her Bachelor of Science in Education from Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana in 1981. Ms. Niemeier has held multiple professional leadership positions in local, regional and national library associations. She frequently speaks at professional association conferences and continuing legal education seminars. Ms. Niemeier has authored multiple articles and seminar publications.
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One Response to Crowdsourced Legal Research: Two Websites Worth a Look

  1. Donald says:

    Thank you for sharing your info. I truly appreciate your efforts and I will be waiting for your next
    write ups thank you once again.

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