Westlaw tip: Use the /2 connector for more complete name searches

Oct 6, 2010 By: West Reference Attorneys

When searching for a person’s name in Westlaw, flexibility is the key – so look for John /2 Smith rather than John Smith.

Westlaw tip: Find statutes of limitations the quick and easy way

Sep 29, 2010 By: West Reference Attorneys

To quickly determine the statute of limitations on a cause of action, it is often much easier to find a relevant statute by searching caselaw.

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.

Westlaw tip: Keep the criminals out of your search

Aug 11, 2010 By: West Reference Attorneys

Too many criminal cases have your search all locked up? Try adding this string to the end of your Terms and Connectors search.

Westlaw tip: Search three areas of regulation from one screen

Aug 4, 2010 By: West Reference Attorneys

Access all regulations, adjudications, forms, agency publications and West editorial content for all state and federal jurisdictions that affect your client in one single place: Regulations Suite.

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