As a legal practitioner, say, in the field of direct taxes, you subscribe to a host of journals and when the need to refer arises, you look up the subject index of each journal, sometimes multiple indexes of a journal, if one consolidated index is not available, and then open each volume to go through the case, and mark out what is important in them, before collating the information and preparing your brief. With an ejournal, you can search not only by the subject, but also by the full text, Act-section, assessment year, judge, date of judgement, counsel, etc. You can combine search criteria for a more precise search result; quickly move to cases referred or annotated in the text; look up the text of the section from bare Acts; look up the commentary of the case from various publications; etc. In effect, it’s a paradigm shift in the way you do legal research. For example, a search on “sanction for amalgamation of companies“ will throw up High Court and Supreme Court decisions on the subject; when browsing through the case text, you can click to view the

  • Text of the sections referenced therein.
  • The text of the case referred or annotated therein.
  • The text of any circular or notification referred therein.
  • The commentary on the case from various publications.
  • A broad holistic view of the solution prepares you better for the case at hand.