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Westlaw Student Handout Spring09

Westlaw Student Handout Spring09

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This document is intended to help NCC Paralegal students navigate the Westlaw Campus Database.
This document is intended to help NCC Paralegal students navigate the Westlaw Campus Database.

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05/10/2014

 
Searching
Westlaw Campus
Westlaw Campus
may be used at any computer located on the Northampton Community Collegecampus network, including those in the libraries, computer labs, dormitories and offices. Remoteaccess to
Westlaw Campus
is not available.Entering the database1)Double-click the Internet Explorer icon.
2)
If the screen you see is the NCC home page, go to the Library’s home page by selecting
LIBRARY
from the “Academics” drop-down menu.
3)
Click on “Research Databases,” located under FIND AN ARTICLE.4)Scroll down to the end of the list of databases.
5)
Click on “
Westlaw Campus
.”6)Scroll to the bottom of the user agreement and select “I AGREE.
7)
Click the purple “
GO
” button.
Four ways to search
1)
Find a case by
CITATION
– if you have the exact citation
2)
Find a case by
TITLE
 – if you know the names of the litigants
3)
Browse cases by
PRACTICE AREA
– select cases from lists organized by subject and jurisdiction
4)
Find cases by
TOPIC
– can be used for general searching; use either “Basic” (natural language)or “Advanced” (terms & connectors) method
Searching by CITATION:
1)
Click inside the
FIND
search box, located in the upper left corner of the screen under theheading “SHORTCUTS.”
2)
Type the citation in the white box labeled “
Find a Document by Citation
.”
3)
Click 
GO
.
Result will be the exact case you are looking for.
Searching by TITLE:
1)
Click inside the first search box located under “
Find a Document by Title
” in the leftcolumn of the screen.2)Type one of the litigants’ names.3)Click inside the second search box, and type the other litigant’s name.
4)
Click 
GO
.
Result will be a list of all cases containing either of the parties’ names.
Browsing by PRACTICE AREA: Locate the “
KeySearch
” option in the left column of thescreen, and click 
GO
. Select an area of legal practice from the menu, then a jurisdiction youwould like to search. You may also add keywords to narrow the search.
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Searching by TOPIC using “Basic Search”:
1)
If it is not already selected, click the tab labeled “
Basic Search
” located under theheading SEARCH in the middle of the screen. The “Basic” option allows you to use“natural language” searching, which means you can type a question or phrase withoutany special punctuation or commands.2)Click inside the white search box and type your question or keywords.
3)
Scroll down and select the appropriate section of the database for your case (example:choose “
State Cases
” and select Pennsylvania from the drop-down menu).
4)
Click 
SEARCH
.
Results will include only the 100 most relevant cases.
Searching by TOPIC using “Advanced Search”:
1)
If it is not already selected, click the tab labeled “
Advanced Search
” located under theheading SEARCH in the middle of the screen. The “Advanced” option allows you to use“terms & connectors” searching, which means you can insert special commands and punctuation to create a more specific search (see list of commands, below).
2)
Click inside the white search boxes and type your keywords with limiters or expanders,and/or a date range (
optional
). If the “/s” or “/p” command are used, all words must betyped in the same search box, instead of putting each phrase in a separate box.3)Scroll down and select the appropriate section of the database for your case.
4)
Click 
SEARCH
.
Results will include all cases or documents that match your search terms and any additionalcriteria you have selected.
Sample Commands
:put quotation marks around a phrase (example: “premises liability”)/s = words appear in the same sentence/p = words appear in the same paragraph% = “but not”! = root expander (Finds all alternate forms of words. Example: searching for 
legislat!
will locate legislator, legislation, legislative)
 For help, click on the link labeled 
“More Search Tips.” 
What titles are covered in
Westlaw Campus
?To browse the lists of legal serials and case reporters contained in
Westlaw Campus:
1)
Click on the link labeled “
Content List
,” located under the heading “SHORTCUTS.”2)Select the type of materials you wish to search (example: Cases, Legal Encyclopedias).
3)
Locate the jurisdiction or serial you wish to search (example: U.S. Supreme CourtCases) and click the round beige button labeled with the letter 
“i”
for “information.”Each section contains a description of what materials are covered, and a list of abbreviations used to cite the serial in court cases.
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Understanding KeyCite symbols (
this information was taken from
Westlaw Campus
“Help” file
)A KeyCite status flag indicates the status of a case, administrative decision, statute, or regulation.
A
red flag
warns that the case or administrative decision
is no longer good law
for at least one of the points of law it contains; or that the statute or regulation has been amended by a recent sessionlaw or rule, repealed, superseded, or held unconstitutional, or preempted in whole or in part.
A
yellow flag
warns that the case or administrative decision
has some negative history but hasn’tbeen reversed or overruled
; that the statute has been renumbered or transferred by a recent sessionlaw; that an uncodified session law or proposed legislation affecting the statute is available (statutesmerely referenced, i.e., mentioned, are not marked with a yellow flag); that a proposed rule affectingthe regulation is available; that the regulation has been reinstated, corrected, or confirmed; that thestatute or regulation was limited on constitutional or preemption grounds or its validity wasotherwise called into doubt; or that a prior version of the statute or regulation received negative judicial treatment.
A
blue H
indicates that the case or administrative decision has some history.
A
green C
indicates that the case or administrative decision has citing references but no direct or negative indirect history, or that the statute or regulation has citing references.
Printing procedures in the Library
1)
Library computers no longer accept 3-1/2 inch floppy discs
. To save documents using physical media, students must have a USB (“flash” or “stick”) drive or writable compactdisc. Another option for saving documents is to send them, as attachments, to an e-mailaccount.
2)
To help save paper,
Library printers are limited to printing 10 pages of text at a time
.If a student attempts to print more than 10 pages, or multiple copies of documents, the print job will not be processed. If more than 10 pages must be printed, the student will need to print the document in batches of 10 pages (example: pages 1 through 10, then pages 11through 20, and so on).
3)
Library printers in the Computer Classroom, Media Tower, and south side of the mainLibrary room produce only
double-sided documents
, unless the student manually changesthe default setting each time a document is printed.
4)
It is highly recommended that students save each document with a unique file name, on aUSB drive.
Documents saved to a Library computer’s desktop or hard drive will be lost
whenever the computer is restarted.
J
Please don’t hesitate to ask a librarian for helpwith saving or printing documents!
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