Physical books are quickly becoming obsolete thanks to all of the emerging tech that has, and will continue, to come out. Granted, there is still a place for physical books in the leisurely reading category, but if your job, or school, requires reading then having it digitally should be the goal. Why haul around all of those books when you could have it easily accessible on your phone or tablet?
This was the thought process of Wolters Kluwer, the team behind Connected Casebook, a tool for law students that allows them to quickly access their casebooks from anywhere, at anytime, by using the cloud. The service is robust, and broken down into three main parts: Read, Study, and Outline.
The Read section of Connected Casebook gives users access to their casebooks. On top of that, it allows you to search through the entire text for key words and phrases. The ability to highlight passages and laws are also present and allows for notes to be made in the margins. You can then browse through your highlighted sections and notes when it’s time to go look back through everything.
This area of Connected Casebook allows you to gain a greater understanding of the materials you’ve been researching. By accessing study materials provided by the likes of Examples and Explanations, Law in a Flash, and the Glannon Guides, students can make sure they are understanding the materials as they are going along.
There are even tutorial videos and ways to quiz yourself in the Study section of Connected Casebook. There are options for flashcards, multiple choice questions, issue-spotting exercises, and more.
Being the third point in this trifecta, the Outline section of Connected Casebook really brings everything together. All of the studying, flash cards, and notes you’ve taken needs to be compiled, right? The Outline section allows just that. This powerful tool speeds up the outline process and lets you take your previous notes and highlights to start making an outline. You can add additional information wherever you see fit, and when it’s completed you can send it to MS Word to work on it offline or to print it out.
Since Connected Casebook uses the cloud, you can easily pick back up where you left off, across almost any device. No more worrying about hauling those extra books around or tearing them up, you can simply access them when you’re ready. As Vikram Savkar, GM of Wolters Kluwer, puts it, “We launched Connected Casebook two years ago, and it’s caught on extremely rapidly in the marketplace. Some students love the study center, others love the portability of the ebook, others love searching and highlighting . . . there’s something for nearly all students within the platform.”
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