Elizabeth Cook

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I approached this paper with the intention of studying the impact of legal research instructor resource choice, specifically with regard to the major legal research databases, Westlaw and LexisNexis. As I began research, delving more into the general library literature on collection bias, I realized that this “Westlaw vs. Lexis” discourse in fact represents a far greater 1 problem in the field of legal research: implicit biases in the way we conduct research and seek out resources. In this paper, I will connect literature on cognitive bias and collection bias to the field of legal research, with the aim of heightening awareness of the processes that shape our decisions to prioritize particular resources both in teaching and independent research settings.