Non-Legal Research

Westlaw, Lexis and Bloomberg all have some non-legal resources (including news, business and people finding tools), but sometimes you need more than that. Lemieux Library, SU’s undergraduate library, subscribes to a number of useful databases. Look through the list by subject area to find multiple resources for your research.

Legal Research Online

Law students tend to think of Westlaw and Lexis as the only sources for online legal research. However, these are just two of the many useful databases the Library provides. Check the Library’s list of databases for other useful options including BloombergLaw, Hein Online, and Proquest Congressional.

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How Much Does that Westlaw Search Cost?

Thinking about the cost of living outside of law school? WestlawNext offers an easy way to have a look at some of the pricing for various research services. From the WestlawNext start page, click on Tools and select Subscriber Pricing Guide. There you will see that if you have transactional subscription and the 50 State Surveys are outside your subscription, you could pay $250 to view a single survey!

Most WestlawNext customers have subscription plans that include content they use most often. The prices on the published table are for the costs to view or deliver documents that are not included in a WestlawNext subscription plan. Pricing listed reflects the “out of plan cost” of most content, but keep in mind that prices may vary for specific content.

WestlawNext – How to Find What You Want

We all have done those initial searches on WestlawNext that provide lots and lots of results.  Rather than start over, there are a couple of ways to tailor your results.  You can search for specific terms or select filters for your search.

One way to narrow WestlawNext results is by searching within the result—type the specific terms you are looking for in the Search within results text box under Narrow in the left column and click Search. Both your original search terms and the terms used to narrow your result are highlighted in the documents. Then you can quickly scroll through the results to find specific documents you want.

To undo a search within a result, click Undo search within in the left column.

Another technique to narrow a search is to filter search results. To do this, select one or more filters under Narrow in the left column. Filters vary by document type. For example, the filters available for cases include jurisdiction, date, reported status, topic, judge, attorney, law firm, key number, party, and docket number. To select more than one filter to apply at the same time, click Select Multiple Filters, then select the filters you want to add and click Apply Filters.

To undo all filters you have added, click Undo Filters under Narrow.

Using either technique, sometimes an unwieldy result can become something manageable!

How to Find Expert Witnesses on Westlaw

Westlaw has several directories for finding expert witnesses. Click on the Directory link at the top of the main Westlaw search page. Scroll down to the Directories Reference heading and then choose Expert Witness Directories.

Westlaw help-Resolving printing or downloading issues

Have you ever used Westlaw, clicked on the link “View Westlaw Reporter Image (pdf)” (which should give you a digital image of the original document) and had the screen flash but nothing happened?  A call to the Westlaw representative (from link on Westlaw homepage), revealed that Westlaw users frequently encounter problems with viewing, downloading or printing, particularly with pdf files.  Many of these are caused by the “security” of your internet browser, it is blocking pop-ups.  So here are a couple of fixes. (more…)

Register for Summer Access to Lexis and Westlaw

Are you taking a summer course or doing research for a professor and need access to Lexis and Westlaw?  Make sure you register for summer access.  If you qualify, you can extend your Lexis and Westlaw access.

For Lexis:

Students must register for summer access by June 1st, 2010.  To do so, you can sign in at www.lexisnexis.com/lawschool and click on the “Register for Summer Access” box in the middle of the screen.  From there, just follow the steps and select the appropriate reason for registering for summer access.

For Westlaw:

Go to: http://lawschool.westlaw.com/registration/summerextension.asp. Sign in if you haven’t done so already.  Select the appropriate reason for requesting an extension.  If you agree with the terms, click the “I Agree” button at the bottom of the screen.

Upcoming Lexis Trainings

Feb 25 – Shepard’s – 12pm in C5
Feb 26 – Shepard’s – 12pm in 109

Mar 8 – IP/Copyright/Trademark/Patent Research – 12pm in C7 and then again at 1pm in C7

Lexis Trainings Scheduled

Introduction to Lexis Trainings will be held this week.

  • Tuesday, 1/26 – 12pm in C3
  • Tuesday, 1/26 – 1pm in C3
  • Thursday, 1/28 – 1pm in Courtroom

Please contact Aaron Meyers, Account Executive – Law Schools, for more information.

Gain an edge in networking and job searching with LexisNexis

In conjunction with Seattle University’s Center for Professional Development, there will be two Lexis trainings next week introducing students to searches and sources available on LexisNexis to help gain an edge in networking and job searching. These classes will cover:

  • How to target both SU Law alumni as well as undergraduate alumni
  • Using the News to gain an edge in information gathering
  • Additional quick searches to conduct for more interview talking points
  • …and more!

Everyone who attends one of these classes will receive 400 points and free food will be provided at both sessions. Plus, amongst everyone who attends, one new Video iPod Nano (8gb) will be raffled away! There will be one iPod raffled amongst all of the attendees from both sessions. Winner will be notified via email.

If you plan on attending one of these trainings, PLEASE RSVP so we know how much food to order. You can either register online at the MySchool page or send an email to aaron.meyers@lexisnexis.com with the date/time of your choice. The schedule is as follows:

Tuesday, Nov 17 – 1pm in the Courtroom
Wednesday, Nov 18 – 12pm in Room 109