Potchefstroom Electronic Law Journal/Potchefstroomse Elektroniese Regsblad

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Legal research in a changing information environment

T du Plessis


Since the advent of the latest constitutional dispensation in South Africa, legal
researchers have been presented with new opportunities for research into
constitutional issues, development and the relationship between constitutional
law and other fields. This article investigates how information technology
applications can support the legal research process and what the benefits of
technology are likely to be to legal research. Furthermore, it investigates the
changes and the impact that electronic resources and the digital information
environment might have on legal research. This entails a study of the unique
characteristics of digital legal research and of the challenges that legal
researchers face in a changing information environment.
AJOL African Journals Online