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Evaluating a Results List

Evaluating a Results List

Learn about how to evaluate search results in order to select the best resource(s) for a given research question.


Evaluation is a core skill that every lawyer needs. From evaluating a potential client’s case, to evaluating contract and settlement terms, lawyers do this all day. In short, evaluation is a skill required to make good decisions. In legal research, you have to apply the facts to the law in the relevant jurisdiction. For example, if you were evaluating whether the elements of a cause of action for adverse possession have been met, you would have to ask: does a particular fact satisfy the...