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Legal Reference System Now Available on CD-ROM

Magazine article Information Today

Legal Reference System Now Available on CD-ROM

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Macmillan Library Reference USA and LAWCHEK, Ltd. have announced the release of LAWCHEK, a new electronic legal information reference system on CD-ROM. Specifically designed for libraries, LAWCHEK is being distributed exclusively by Macmillan. The LAWCHEK system was developed to assist the public with a basic understanding of the law. It was designed, under the guidance of librarians, to serve library patrons who may have no previous experience with an attorney or a legal situation. A 1991 library research study identified a growing concern of reference-desk personnel in handling legal inquiries from library patrons. According to the companies, LAWCHEK addresses those concerns.

A key requirement of librarians was that LAWCHEK address the area of the law about which reference-desk personnel most often received questions. Librarians across the nation stressed that a legal product useful to librarians (including public, university/college, and high school libraries) should differ from legal products currently available in retail markets. LAWCHEK, Ltd.'s research with reference-desk librarians identified the top 12 disciplines about which they most often received inquiries (i.e., Domestic Law, Landlord/Tenant Law, etc.). Twelve disciplines serve as the main content of LAWCHEK's System 3. …

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