When is the last time you held a law book in your hands? For me, a sole practitioner, it was about 1996. Prior to that, I had the West Michigan Digests and some treatises--books to help me out in the middle of the night if I awakened with a deep concern about a case. [Home office disavantage!] I could read the cases at the courthouse. Then I had Lexis, then West Law online. When I moved in 2006, I gave my entire library (except for my ICLE books) to a young lawyer I was mentoring.
I use TheLawNet and I supplement with volumes from the Institute for Continuing Legal Education at University of Michigan--the online versions that are keyword searchable. We all learned keyword search--with digests, etc. at law school. As a member of the Law Review at Detroit College of Law, I had unlimited access to LexisNexis, and refined my skills at Boolean research to the point that I can reduce a search on any database from 2 million (for example) to 12. [See a tutorial on Boolean research here.] But I have chosen TheLawNet as my online database legal research tool for several reasons.