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FindLaw Selected "The Best of Reference" By The New York Public Library


MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., April 25, 2003 – FindLaw, the most-visited legal Web site according to leading independent Internet traffic monitoring services and a Thomson business (NYSE:TOC), today announced it has been selected to this year's "Best of Reference" list of The New York Public Library. Each year, a committee of reference librarians selects 25 Web sites and books based on their usefulness to local branch library reference work.

FindLaw was selected for its useful, authoritative legal information and its ability to help meet the information needs of New York City's residents. Web sites and books are chosen for their value and appropriateness for branch collections, organization of material, style of presentation and authority.

"Legal information sources such as FindLaw fill a real need in our public library setting," said Jane Fisher, coordinator, Office of Information Services, The New York Public Library. "More and more people are looking for information to help them understand how the law works. Our Best of Reference list helps bring the top reference sources to life and encourage our reference librarians to use them in assisting the public."

"We are honored and excited to be named as one of The New York Public Library's Best of Reference sources," said Stacy Stern, FindLaw vice president. "Online legal resources like FindLaw help people deal with the myriad of legal issues in their daily lives, whether it involves personal legal issues, business concerns or understanding the political and legal issues of the day. FindLaw strives to be an easily accessible, comprehensive and authoritative source of useful legal information for the public, businesses, librarians and the legal community."

Copies of this year's Best of Reference list can be found on The New York Public Library's Web site ( or can be purchased from the library.

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About FindLaw

FindLaw ( is the leading provider of online legal information and solutions for the legal community, businesses and individuals. The FindLaw Internet portal is the highest-trafficked legal Web site, according to leading independent Internet-traffic-monitoring services. The site provides comprehensive, plain-English legal information to businesses and individuals. These resources include West Legal Directory, the Internet's largest directory of lawyers and legal professionals. FindLaw also offers comprehensive information, resources and services for law practice and legal career development, including free case law, an online career center, breaking legal news, newsletters, message boards, service directories, continuing legal education and legal search tools. In addition, FindLaw provides access to tools and services that help connect legal professionals with potential clients. FindLaw is a division of West, a Thomson business (NYSE: TOC; TSX:TOC) and the foremost provider of integrated information solutions to the U.S. legal market.

About West

Headquartered in Eagan, Minn., West is the foremost provider of integrated information solutions to the U.S. legal market. West is a business within The Thomson Corporation (NYSE: TOC; TSX: TOC) and was formed when West Publishing and Thomson Legal Publishing merged in June 1996. For more information, please visit the West Web site at

About The Thomson Corporation

The Thomson Corporation, with 2002 revenues of $7.8 billion, is a global leader in providing integrated information solutions to business and professional customers. Thomson provides value-added information, software tools and applications to more than 20 million users in the fields of law, tax, accounting, financial services, higher education, reference information, corporate training and assessment, scientific research and healthcare. The Corporation's common shares are listed on the Toronto and New York stock exchanges (TSX: TOC; NYSE: TOC).