I have been working over the past few months on a research paper about how people use the Internet for legal help. I’ve been doing online questionnaires to develop insights into who legal users are — what a core typology of user types are, what their mental models are when searching for legal help for a problem in their lives, and what their preferences are for how to find and comprehend legal help.

I’ve followed those up with task analyses — having users use different legal websites to try to find information & see how they fare and react to various types of website designs.

Though writing is taking me longer than I wish it would, the results are truly fascinating & I’m excited to get them published in the near future. In the meanwhile, here are some of my notebook sketches from my initial plans of what my study would look like.

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If you’re also interested in this topic, or have reading suggestions or thoughts for me — pass them along!

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  2. Lois Gander

    I’m very interested in your research. How’s it going? when might you have a report available on it?

    1. Margaret Listing Owner

      I will be submitting the article for publication this summer!

  3. Larry Driver

    I’m exceptionally keen on your exploration. How’s it going? at the point when may you have a report accessible on it?

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