WESTLAW NEXT Tip of the Week: Keycite – Make Connections to Relevant Documents with Citing References

May 27, 2013

Tip of the Week

When you find the case on point for your legal issue, how do you find more cases like it? Then, when you are asked to compile all of the documents that cite to a particular case, how do you find those? When you KeyCite® a case, Citing References provides instant access to any other cases, administrative decisions, secondary sources, briefs, or trial court documents on WestlawNext™ that have cited to the case you are investigating. KeyCite provides more Citing References for more types of documents than any other service.

Viewing Citing References

Clicking on the Citing References tab brings you to a dashboard of documents with several icons to help you quickly identify the most relevant documents.

1. Negative notifies you that the citing document contains negative treatment of the cited case.
2. Quotation Marks indicate that the citing document directly quotes the cited case.
3. Depth of Treatment bars show the extent to which the citing document discusses the cited case.
4. Headnotes provide which headnotes from the cited case are discussed in the citing document.

Citing References

Filter, Sort, and Search Citing References

Citing References can be filtered, sorted and searched.

Filter, Sort, and Search Citing References VIEW
Choose the type of documents you would like to see. You can view all results or you can choose one type of document. If you choose a specific type of document to view, the available filters will appear below NARROW.NARROW
There are several ways to narrow citing references, quickly getting you to the most relevant documents for your research.

Search within results allows you to run a new Boolean Terms and Connectors search within the citing references.

Filters like Jurisdiction, Date, Depth of Treatment, Headnote Topics, Treatment Status and Reported Status make it easy to narrow the results to the documents you need, and to exclude the ones you don’t, with just a few clicks.

Example: If headnote #3 in the Melkonyan case is directly on point for
your issue, use the Headnote Topics filter to narrow the Citing References list to only those cases discussing Headnote #3.

Click Select Multiple Filters to apply multiple filters at the same time. You can even combine selected filters with Search within results to obtain the most specific results possible.

Use these tools when you are reviewing Citing References to understand how your case has been interpreted and when you want to find other relevant documents. For further information about viewing results within citing references, check out this former tip.

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