March 19, 2012
Legal opinions and publications commonly contain multiple pages and discuss many issues. As a result, pinpoint citations – references to a specific location in a multipage work – are used pervasively in legal writing. Luckily, WestlawNext® automatically recognizes pinpoint citations and can take you directly to the exact page you need.
Find by Pinpoint Citation
To retrieve a specific page in a document, simply type the citation and the pinpoint page in the search box. For example, perhaps you are interested in page 2557 of Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. v. Dukes, 131 S.Ct. 2541 (2011). Simply type 131 sct 2557 in the search box and click Search.
WestlawNext will retrieve the Wal-Mart case with page 2557 immediately displayed. The green arrow will show you precisely where the pinpoint page begins.
“Go to” Navigation
If you are already viewing a document, use the Go to button to quickly jump to a specific page instead of scrolling. The Go to button is located in the document toolbar at the top of the page.
Clicking the Go to button will open a menu of options. To jump to a particular page, simply type the page number in the Page # box and click Go.
Both of these options eliminate the need to scroll through documents to locate a page. This is a huge time-saver, particularly for long cases and journal articles.