WESTLAW NEXT Tip of the Week: Five Quick Tips for Westlaw.com Users

June 27, 2011

Five Quick Tips for Westlaw.com Users

When you transition from westlaw.com to WestlawNext, you won’t have to relearn research skills. WestlawNext lets you do everything you do in westlaw.com, and much more!Tip of the Week

Here are a few quick tips for getting started:

1 Automatic Detection of Boolean Syntax
When you enter a Boolean Terms and Connectors query into the search box it’s automatically detected. There is no need to identify your search method first. Whenever a query contains a field restrictor, proximity connector (+s, /p) or expander (!, #, %, *), it is automatically processed as a Boolean Terms and Connectors query.

Automatic Detection of Boolean Syntax

2 Relevance Ranking for Boolean Terms & Connectors
Using Boolean Terms & Connectors on WestlawNext has added benefits. Even though you get the same results as westlaw.com, searching in WestlawNext ranks those results by relevance. Sometimes WestSearch – which leverages the West Key Number System®, KeyCite® citation networks, document linking and aggregate user behavior – determines there are additional relevant documents that do not meet your search criteria. When applicable, a link to additional results is provided, helping ensure that you don’t miss anything.

Relevance Ranking for Boolean Terms & Connectors

3 Advanced Search Templates
Advanced Search templates help you quickly build precise Boolean Terms & Connectors queries. The templates also make it easy to search within designated segments of a document, called “fields.” Each template will list the document fields that are available for the type of content you are searching. A PDF guide is available to help you easily identify the portions of the document you may want to search.

Advanced Search Templates

4 Find & Print Multiple Citations at Once
You can copy and paste a list of up to 30 citations into the search box or you can manually enter multiple citations separated by semicolons. Either method will retrieve a list of documents. Once the list is retrieved, you can choose any of the available delivery options: email, print, download, or Kindle. You can also save any or all of the documents to a folder for future reference.

Find & Print Multiple Citations at Once

5 Locate Terms and Phrases within a Document
Want to search within a document for a particular term or phrase? Using Boolean Terms and Connectors, documents can be searched for a particular term, a combination of terms, or terms in proximity to each other. Simply click on the magnifying glass icon located in the document toolbar, type in your term, and click Search. Every instance of your query terms are highlighted green in the document’s text.

Locate Terms and Phrases within a Document

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