WestlawNext Q&A: Using snippets and citations within folders

October 11, 2010

Q&A - Westlaw Research Expert WebinarsAttendees at a recent WestlawNext webinar asked some interesting questions regarding the ways in which snippets and citations can be used within folders. These answers come courtesy of Dinyar Mehta, a director in West’s product development group.

Q: If I highlight a snippet and put it in a folder, what does it look like, and how does it work?

A: Snippets are clickable from folders. When you click on the snippet, it takes you directly to the section of the case where the snippet is referenced. This is how a snippet looks when it’s placed in a folder:

WestlawNext snippet example

Q: Can I add a note to a snippet after it’s been placed in a folder?

A: If you have added notes to a snippet or any other document, you can save that document to the folder and your notes will be preserved on that document. However, notes cannot be saved directly to a folder.

Q: When I put a snippet into a particular folder, is it also possible to get the bluebook cite?

A: No. While the source of the snippet is also placed in the folder along with the snippet, the specific citation format is not copied over.

Q: Will WestlawNext have additional bluebooking features?

A: Yes. WestlawNext supports a number of citation formats from various style manuals. Going forward, “bluebook” citation format will be referred to as “standard” citation format.

Q: Is there a “Copy with Reference and Hyperlink” feature in WestlawNext?  That would be helpful when building research spreadsheets.

A: Copy with Reference is absolutely available, but not “Copy with Reference and Hyperlink.” The Copy with Reference and Hyperlink feature is currently not available on WestlawNext, but thank you for the feedback.

Q: Can I share WestlawNext folders with my colleagues?

A: Yes, soon. The ability to share folders with colleagues inside your organization will be available to a select group of WestlawNext users by the end of 2010, and more features and functions are expected for 2011.