For cases involving government agencies, go straight to the top

Dec 8, 2010 By: Legal Solutions

When searching for caselaw regarding agency opinions, your search should include honorary titles and individuals’ names, as well as the proper name of the agency.

Westlaw tip: Use the # symbol as a “go” sign for common stop words

Dec 1, 2010 By: West Reference Attorneys

You can use the pound symbol (#) at the beginning of words like “a,” “an,” “if,” “or,” “also,” and “though” to force Westlaw to search for those exact words.

When “all the news that’s fit to print” is just too much

Nov 22, 2010 By: Legal Solutions

When you get too many results from the databases ALLNEWS and ALLNEWSPLUS, try limiting your Westlaw search to publications from certain geographic regions.

Westlaw tip: Find a case by party name with the Title field

Nov 17, 2010 By: West Reference Attorneys

For example, if you want a case where the United States is a party, add ti(“United States” U.S.) to your Terms and Connecters search.

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.

New user guides for OnePass, BriefTools and CiteAdvisor

Nov 5, 2010 By: Legal Solutions

Need help applying OnePass to all your West accounts? Inserting BriefTools links into documents? Check into these free quick-reference guides for the answers.

Westlaw tip: Cut through the red tape in Federal Register searches

Nov 3, 2010 By: West Reference Attorneys

Here’s a solution: Run a search in the FR database for the Regulation Identification Number (RIN) that is assigned to each regulatory proposal.

Westlaw tip: Too many results? Try searching for repeating terms

Oct 27, 2010 By: West Reference Attorneys

If you get a large number of results back, you can increase the quality of the results by requiring certain terms to repeat.

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: Navigating uniform code sections that aren’t so uniform

Oct 13, 2010 By: West Reference Attorneys

Many states have enacted uniform laws but have used a unique codification numbering system. Rather than only using the code section as a search term, include language from the statute.

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