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Created for Prof. Haynes' Spring 2014 class
Last Updated: Mar 1, 2014 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

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TIPS - WestlawNext

Listed here are a few of Joe Gerken's  handy tips for searching Westlaw Next.


  • Select either law reviews or texts & treatises
  • Once in a database, select the “Advanced” feature
  • Use term frequency
  • The title field is also useful
  • Limiting by date can be helpful
  • You can sort by date or “most cited”
  • Skim items using the “term” function


  • Create a discrete folder for this class
  • You can save full text or citation lists
  • In full text, you can highlight text & add a note
  • Save only the most important items - don’t be a hoarder


  • Select the smallest database that has all of the cases you want to find
    E.g. if researching New York cases just choose that database
  • To find cases in more than one database, do your search in a broader database, then select your jurisdictions
       Eg. to get only U.S. Supreme Court and Second Circuit cases:
             Choose ”All Federal Cases” - run your search
                   Then narrow by jurisdiction > “Supreme Court” and “Second Circuit”


  • Once in a database use the “Advanced” feature
  • Use the synopsis - digest field
  • You can also use term frequency
  • Scan cases for useful topic/key numbers - then search those key numbers
  • You can sort by date or “most cited”


  • Limit your results by depth of treatment and jurisdiction
  • You can also limit by date
  • Or by headnote (holding) number

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