Supreme Court Search Tips for the New Term

October 3, 2011

The librarians at the University of Houston O’Quinn library offer these great search tips for searching concurring and dissenting opinions within Supreme Court cases. We take exception only to this:

If you want to use WestlawNext rather than Westlaw, the same field searches will retrieve the same results if you limit the Jurisdiction to United States Supreme Court. Unfortunately, WestlawNext does not advertise this functionality, so those law students who have been introduced only to WestlawNext (as opposed to Westlaw) will never know such control exists.

In fact,once you navigate to the Supreme Court page onWestlawNext, you’ll find dissenting, concurring, and panel fields on the Advanced Search Template:

In addition, the Advanced Search page includes a pdf outlining the poriton of the document searched by each field:

This week, we’ll be offering additional Supreme Court search tips.  Let us know what other Supreme Court-related research you’d like us to investigate.