WESTLAW NEXT Tip of the Week: Using Commands

September 12, 2011

Tip of the WeekThe search box in WestlawNext® is smart. For users who are curious to learn a few advanced techniques and shortcuts, consider using commands in the search box. Simply enter the command followed by a colon and your search parameters.

KeyCite:

The KeyCite® command will take you directly to the KeyCite results for the citation and will bypass the initial document display that will occur if you enter the citation alone. WestlawNext will display the Negative Treatment, History or Citing References for the citation and then you may use the tabs to access other available KeyCite information.

Command(s):
Keycite < citation >
Keycite: < citation >
kc < citation >
kc: < citation >

Example:
The KeyCite command

Find:

The Find command will bypass the search system entirely and treat all terms following the colon as a citation. Use the Find command when you are uncertain of the format of the citation and want to prevent a search from running if the citation is not valid. In most instances, entering the document citation alone will return the appropriate document.

Command(s):
Fi: < citation >
Find: < citation >

Example:
The Find command

Database Identifier:

The Database Identifier command allows you to run a search from a particular content page without navigating to that page first. It also has the effect of overriding your selected jurisdiction. To search using a Westlaw® database identifier from anywhere in WestlawNext, enter the database identifier followed by a colon and your search terms.

Command(s):
< database ID >:

Example:
The Database Identifier command

 

 This search will only be run in the Missouri Cases database, even though the jurisdiction selector is set for All Federal.

 

Publication Name:

The Publication Name command allows you to run a search from a particular publication page without navigating to that page first. It also has the effect of overriding your selected jurisdiction. Simply enter the name of any publication available in WestlawNext followed by a colon and your search terms.

Command(s):
< publication name >:

Example:
The Publication Name command

 

 This search will only be run in the Harvard Law Review database, even though the jurisdiction selector is set for All Federal.

 

Topic:

The Topic command allows you to run a search on a particular topic without navigating to that page first. Enter the name of any topic available in WestlawNext on the Topics tab, followed by a colon and your search terms. The Topic command will retrieve the most relevant documents related to the topic identified.

Command(s):
< topic >:

Example:
The Topic command

 

Advanced:

The Advanced command directs the search engine to process your query as a Boolean search. Use the Advanced command when you want to search precisely for an exact phrase or for terms connected by the AND or OR operators. Simply enter the command following by your search terms.

Command(s):
< advanced: >
< adv: >

Example:
The Advanced command

 

 

 

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