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A cautionary tale

Google first and think later?

At our firm we’ve just welcomed our February intake of new trainees and we’re preparing for next week’s research sessions. Like many others I’m sure that one of our key messages is to think first, then ask, and only then Google. Also like many others I suspect that when under pressure the first reactions are the reverse of that. One example I came across recently illustrated this perfectly. A librarian queried exactly which year’s Arbitration Act an enquirer was looking for – having been asked for a non-existent 1976 version. The enquirer responded with this link.


Now, they were probably busy. They’d been asked by someone else equally busy to find this. There are probably other reasons why sending a link to a bit of Samoan legislation was a legitimate mistake. It has, however, had one benefit: providing a cautionary tale for training sessions…


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