Topic pages: Get focused results automatically

December 23, 2010

focused search - conceptual graphicWhen you need the law governing an issue in a particular practice area, you likely need more than one document type. In fact, you probably want everything you can get your hands on: cases, statutes, regulations, administrative decisions, and other sources.

But you likely need documents in one legal area – not every legal area.

Here’s a suggestion: Limit your search to a single topic by running your search on one of the 23 topic pages in WestlawNext.

Topic pages are based on the same topical slice content we have used for years in Westlaw.com. Now, in WestlawNext, we apply the power of WestSearch to the same content to return more relevant results for documents related to that topic.

Topic pages are available for these topics:

  • Admiralty and Maritime
  • Antitrust
  • Bankruptcy
  • Commercial Law
  • Construction Law
  • Corporations
  • Criminal Law
  • Environmental Law
  • Estate Planning
  • Family Law
  • Finance and Banking
  • Government Contracts
  • Health Law
  • Immigration
  • Insurance Law
  • Intellectual Property
  • Labor and Employment
  • Municipal Law
  • Pension and Retirement Benefits
  • Products Liability
  • Real Property
  • Securities
  • Tax

To access a topic page, click the Topics tab (shown here). Then click the appropriate topic.

Topics tab in WestlawNext

Search example: Does your legal term have more than one meaning?

Topic pages can be useful when your search contains terms relevant to multiple legal topics (not just those normally associated with your topic).

For example, suppose you need cases, statutes, regulations, and secondary sources that discuss proof of abandonment in the area of family law. Suppose further that you discover that abandonment is a term associated with other legal topics (such as real property law).

At the WestlawNext home page, click the Topics tab; then click Family Law. The Family Law page is displayed. To retrieve family law documents related to proof of abandonment across a wide range of content types in your jurisdiction, type proof of abandonment in the tabbed Family Law text box; change the jurisdiction, if necessary; and click Search. You retrieve documents more closely related to proof of abandonment than you would with a standard WestlawNext search.

Select a topic page as a favorite!

If you will be using a particular topic page on a frequent basis, add it to your Favorites list for even faster access: While viewing the topic page, click Add to Favorites at the top of the page. The name of the topic page is displayed in the Favorites section of the home page.

To remove an item from your Favorites list, click the Edit Favorites (pencil) icon in the Favorites section, then click the X next to the item you want to remove.