A blended approach to resource use is one in which a researcher uses some free resources and some fee-based resources to conduct legal research. Resources that are free would include print resources in an organization’s collection or at an accessible library, databases that an organization subscribes to, and free websites. Fee-based services, such as Westlaw and LexisNexis, can be billed by month or per usage if an organization does not have an unlimited subscription. These powerful and sophisticated databases are very helpful to researchers, but you can do a lot of research without them. When constructing a research strategy to address a problem or issue, choose the resources that allow you to most effectively use the time and money available to you.
With these thoughts in mind:
1. Provide a brief explanation of two cost-effective strategies used in researching Policy Issues. Explain how and why each strategy is cost-effective. Be specific.
2. Provide an explanation about which resources would be the most beneficial to you as a public policy practitioner. Also explain what legal research strategy is most valuable as a public policy practitioner.
Support your response using the Learning Resources and other scholarly resources.