Westlaw tip: Use the Synopsis and Digest fields to narrow your results

September 22, 2010

From the Westlaw Reference AttorneysIs your search query returning too many cases? You can significantly narrow your results if you run the search in the Synopsis and Digest fields.

The Synopsis and Digest fields restrict your query to the synopsis and the headnotes of the decision. The Digest field contains the West Topic and Key Numbers, their descriptions and the headnote text; the Headnote field only contains the headnote text.

For example, the query sy,di(zoo /p animal) returns only about 15% of the results for the query zoo /p animal.

(Provided by West Reference Attorneys)