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This paper presents a history of the development of computerized information retrieval systems. It discusses how library science research in the 1950s and early 1960s led to today's commercial computer-assisted legal research (CALR) systems, and it evaluates the efficacy of various uses of such systems by the legal profession.This paper also appeared in Legal and Legislative Information Processing, Beth Krevitt Eres, editor.

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This report describes a Federal Judicial Center study that evaluated the use of computer-assisted legal research systems in federal courts in the 1970s.The report explained the systems that were compared and the methodology of the project, provides comparative data, and recommended adoption of the "full-text" system for use in federal courts.

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An evaluation of the utility to federal courts of a computerized system for checking the accuracy of case citations and determining case histories. The report explains the evaluated system and the methodology of the project and covers usage data and the accuracy of cite-checking systems.

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This report to the Federal Judicial Center looks at problems related to the collection and analysis of data that were encountered during the Center's first 10 years of existence. These include the inability of available computer facilities to support research effectively and problems with the data or its documentation.

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This manual describes procedures for court employees to call, log in and log out of the Federal Judicial Center computers to access COURTRAN. Instructions for use of COURTRAN are contained in separate manuals.

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In response to concerns expressed about delay in transmission of proposed opinions and emergency motion papers among the widely-scattered judges of the Temporary Court of Emergency Appeals (TECA), the Federal Judicial Center conducted a pilot project experimenting with the use of IBM Magnetic Card Selectric Typewriters and Western Electric 103A Data-Set equipment with communication capabilities over telephone lines.

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