WESTLAW NEXT Tip of the Week: Instantly Locate a Pinpoint Citation

March 19, 2012

Tip of the WeekLegal 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.

Find by Pinpoint Citation

WestlawNext will retrieve the Wal-Mart caseWestlawNext 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.

Go to NavigationGo to NavigationClicking 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.

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