Monday, November 12, 2007

Something New on Westlaw

Has everyone looked at this month's West Librarian Relations Update? This is the lead story:

"Key Numbers…Now Easily Accessible on Westlaw!

Do you love searching for cases using West Key Numbers? Well, starting on November 10 life is about to get easier for you--introducing the new Key Numbers link on Westlaw!

Using the new link, you can search for Key Numbers with your terms in your selected jurisdictions (up to three at one time, or a combined multibase). Westlaw will return the top five most relevant Key Numbers, sorted by jurisdiction for easy browsing. Click on the Key Number of your choice, and you retrieve a Custom Digest result. Best of all, there is no charge for searching the Key Numbers!"

The new link is on the top of the Westlaw screen. I was really happy to see this. For years, I have thought it made no sense that one couldn't search in all the topics at once. This feature will make it harder to justify subscribing to the print digests.

1 comment:

Betsy McKenzie said...

Dear Marie,
Thanks for highlighting this new development. I have to give Westlaw a lot of credit for listening to librarians and other users. Their addition of indexes & tables of contents to the statutes and regs, for instance, as well as this addition all address complaints I've had about online searching. This is very cool.