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On-Line Research

In reference to Jonah’s research frustrations, there is an important distinction between the internet and electronic research more broadly. While I agree totally with Jonah that the former is a fairly limited resource for certain types of in-depth research, much of what Jonah seeks is available in various subscription-based electronic databases. Not ony do Lexis and Westlaw have far more content than is included in the typical journalist’s account, back issues of academic journals in most fields are increasingly available on-line. As a practical matter, this means that pointy-headed academics like myself — and many college students — can do much more research on-line than the average Joe, because major research universities have access to the vast majority of these databases.

Jonathan H. Adler — Mr. Adler is an NRO contributing editor and the inaugural Johan Verheij Memorial Professor of Law at Case Western Reserve University School of Law. His latest book is Marijuana Federalism: Uncle Sam and Mary Jane.

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