Tuesday, 27 November 2007

1Ls get full access to Lexis and Westlaw

On Dec. 1 the 1L Lexis and Westlaw accounts will be switched to “full access”. What does this mean? Up until now they’ve only been able to access the information in these databases with the precise citation for a desired document. So, for example, to read the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision they'd have to know that the citation for the case is 93 S. Ct. 705. Now they can search for cases by party name(s); search for legislation by the popular name of the law (Megan’s Law will get 110 Stat. 1345) and search both primary and secondary sources by keyword, author, title, subject, etc. In other words they can do anything we can do in Lexis and Westlaw. Problems or questions can be referred to Susanna or to one of the Lexis or Westlaw representatives.

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