WESTLAW NEXT Tip of the Week: Copy with Reference – Copying and Pasting Text from a Document with a Citation

April 29, 2013

Tip of the Week

WestlawNext┬« has several workflow tools like highlighting, adding notes, and Copy with Reference that help you save time and work more efficiently. Any time you select text within a document, you’ll see a menu offering these useful options. For more information about annotating your research with notes and highlighting, view this earlier tip.

When you are compiling documents for your research, Copy with Reference makes it easy to copy and paste relevant text with a helpful citation to the document. Start by highlighting the text you want to copy, then select Copy with Reference from the menu. Clicking on the arrow next to “Copy with Reference” will allow you to select from a number of citation styles that will adjust the format of the citation reference.

Copy with Reference

With all of the citation styles to choose from, using Copy with Reference gives you a citation to work from in your writing so you don’t have to start from scratch for each new citation.

Copy with Reference Once you’ve selected your desired format, the menu will retract and the citation style you chose will display in the menu. This will remain the default citation style every time you log in, unless you change it.

After you highlight relevant text and click on Copy with Reference, the text will be placed on your computer’s clipboard. A green box will appear for a few seconds, letting you know that the text has been copied.

text copied

Then all you need to do is go to your word processing document and click paste.

go to your word processing document and click paste

When you’re compiling documents for your research it can be easy to lose track of where each piece of information came from. Using Copy with Reference ensures you always know the source of each piece.

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