Want one-stop shopping for legislative history? Try the A&P

Nov 10, 2010 By: Legal Solutions

Use Westlaw’s Arnold & Porter (A&P) Legislative History databases to retrieve comprehensive legislative history major federal acts in one simple search.

Federal housing finance research just got easier

Nov 2, 2010 By: Legal Solutions

Six just-released Westlaw databases provide information on foreclosure prevention, valuation analysis considerations, national lending trends, and related topics from the FHA, FHFA and Veterans Affairs.

Structure your Westlaw query to put the chicken before the egg

Oct 20, 2010 By: Legal Solutions

You can require your terms to appear in a certain order within your Westlaw search by using the + connector.

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

Sep 22, 2010 By: West Reference Attorneys

The Synopsis and Digest fields restrict your query to the synopsis and the headnotes of the decision. For example, the query sy,di(zoo /p animal) returns only about 15% of the results for the query zoo /p animal.

Find out what the judge is likely to think of your case

Sep 15, 2010 By: Legal Solutions

You can find decisions by a particular judge by using the judge field – JU(NAME).

Westlaw tip: Opposites attract – more results, that is

Sep 8, 2010 By: West Reference Attorneys

Antonyms increase the power of searching on Westlaw. If courts use the antonym of a word, a case would be missed if a search does not include both the word and its antonym.

Westlaw tip: Asterisks aren’t just for fine print

Sep 3, 2010 By: West Reference Attorneys

On Westlaw, the * symbol is the universal character, which can be used anywhere in a word except at the beginning.

The best darn acronym search method, period

Aug 25, 2010 By: Legal Solutions

By placing periods between the letters of an acronym or abbreviation, Westlaw will search for your term with or without periods.

Westlaw tip: When in doubt, hyphen it out

Aug 18, 2010 By: West Reference Attorneys

Hyphenated words pick up all three versions. Thus, use of stop-gap as a term will instruct Westlaw to search for stop gap, stopgap and stop-gap.

Almost (In)Famous: Notable Trials

Aug 13, 2010 By: West Reference Attorneys

While it may have been a while since Bernie Madoff was front-page news, his escapades are still a popular research topic for attorneys. The Reference Attorneys continue to receive a fair number of calls concerning litigation involving Mr. Madoff.

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