Thomson Reuters Westlaw: the platform for US and International legal materials – main features

Thomson Reuters replaced their Westlaw International service with a more user-friendly platform which contains all material previously accessible through Westlaw International.

There are two libraries on this platform; one containing United States material, one containing international material.  You can navigate between the two libraries.

Access to Thomson Reuters Westlaw is still from Westlaw UK via Primo:

  1. Go to Primo and type Westlaw into the search box.
  2. Click on the blue link or on View Online, then log in to Westlaw UK with your university username and password.
  3. Click on the Services tab at the top of the Westlaw UK screen.
  4. Select International Materials – you will be taken to the International Materials Collection.

Search rules

You can search Thomson Reuters Westlaw in the same way as you search Westlaw UK:

  • Use AND (or &) and OR to link your search terms.
  • Enclose phrases in quotation marks “  ”.
  • Use the root expander ! to retrieve all possible endings to a root, eg. pollut! will look for pollution, pollutants, polluted.
  • Use connectors to specify the relationship between your search terms: you can ask Westlaw to look for your search terms to be in the same paragraph /p or sentence /s.  For example “environmental protection” /s regulat! will look for the phrase ‘environmental protection’ in the same sentence as regulation (or regulations or regulate).

Your searches during a session will be under History at the top right of the screen. History will display all documents opened and searches made.

US material

To access material from the US click on Thomson Reuters Westlaw at the top left or on the Home link. Use the browse option to navigate to different types of content from a number of collections.  The search option at the top of the screen searches across all collections of US material.

 

US Westlaw

For cases:

  • From the All Content menu open Cases. From there you can search for All Federal or All State Cases, search for Federal Cases by Court or Circuit, or search by State or other Jurisdictions. You can also search by Topic.
  • Open the advanced search option next to the search bar to perform a search with specific terms and/or to provide a date range, party names or citation. Notice the useful list of connectors and expanders on the right hand side.

For journals:

  • From the All content menu open Secondary Sources. From the Publication Type menu you can refine your search to Law Reviews and Journals. 
  • To better search Law Reviews and Journals click on advanced and enter your search terms in the search boxes like you do when you search Westlaw UK. For even better results, use connectors and phrase marks.

Note: Notice how the search box tab changes names depending on the collection your search is in.

International material

To search the international materials collection (includes Canada, EU, UK, Commonwealth, other jurisdictions) click on International Materials on the right hand side of the Thomson Reuters Westlaw home page.

Important links here: International Materials Index and World Journals (right hand side of screen).  Click on International Materials Index to browse individual titles and jurisdictions.

International Westlaw

For legislation and treaties:

  1. Go to the International Materials Index then click on International Legal Materials.
  2. Within the collection enter search terms in quotation marks.
  3. Search within results to narrow your search further

For all journals:

  1. Click on World Journals to see titles of all journals. This will include US.
  2. Click on a jurisdiction to see all journals listed for the country.

Document management

  • Click on the title to open a document and move around in it by using the arrows in the control panel.
  • You can change the font size, go to a specific section in the document, change the screen mode or click on the download arrow for email/print/download/send to Kindle options.
  • For more options and features and to increase your skills in using this new platform see Thomson Reuters’ own video: Introduction to Thomson Reuters Westlaw or read their user guides.

Remember to Sign Off!

If you have trouble using this database, please come and see us at the Taylor Library or contact:

Janet MacKay
T: 01224 273892
E: j.i.mackay@abdn.ac.uk

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Eleni Borompoka
Taylor Library

 

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Finance (No.2) Act 2015

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The Finance (No.2) Act 2015 is now on Westlaw UK with all amendments and commencement information.

Westlaw UK aims “to publish all new legislation the morning after publication, with new amendments highlighted within 48 hours. Case digests are written for the most influential cases on the day the judgment is delivered, with Status Icons of all the affected cases updated within 24 hours.”

Elaine Shallcross
Information Consultant, Law & Business
e.shallcross@abdn.ac.uk

New platform launched for Westlaw International materials

Thomson Reuters have announced the launch of a neater, more user-friendly platform called WestlawNext to replace its Westlaw International service.

To use the new service look for the ‘International Materials’ link in the Services menu on Westlaw UK.

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The new platform will be available alongside the original Westlaw International service until 18 December 2015, when the ‘Westlaw International’ link will be turned off.

Training materials are available from Thomson Reuters:

If you have any questions about the new platform please contact the Taylor Library or Elaine Shallcross.

Elaine Shallcross
Information Consultant for Law and Business

The benefits of creating a Westlaw UK profile

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Westlaw can help you to better organize your research. With a Westlaw profile
you can:

  • add documents to folders
  • email/print/download documents
  • create alerts
  • and use the Linkbuilder tool.

You can still access, email, print and download individual documents or result lists without a profile, but if you are planning to use Westlaw a lot, you will definitely benefit from the extra features that a profile offers.

Important:
Access to Westlaw UK should always be through Primo whether you are creating a profile or not. Login to Primo and go to the Find Databases tab at the top. Click on ‘W’ and scroll down until you reach Westlaw UK. Click on the link. The database might ask you to provide your University username and password, a process also known as
Shibboleth authentication.

To create a profile:

Once you are linked out to Westlaw (through Shibboleth authentication) you will see a smaller window with the heading ‘Log in to My Westlaw UK Profile’ prompting you to Log In or Skip.

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1) Click on Create Profile. Provide your first name, last name and your email address and click on Create.
2)  Go back to your email to obtain your password. Login to your profile will be by           providing the email you registered with (as your username) and a password.
3) Enter your username and temporary password. When you sign in to My Westlaw UK for the first time, you’ll be asked to change your password to something more memorable. This needs to be between 6 and 25 digits long.

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Next thing you will see is this screen:

When you have finished setting up your profile and Log In, your name will appear at the top blue line. Westlaw will always suggest that you log in to your profile.

The benefits:

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When you find a case, journal article or piece of legislation that is of interest to you, save it in a folder so you can go back to it later. How? Simply click on the Add to Folder icon on the right of the light blue line across the top of the screen. An Add to Folder menu will open. You can save the document in one of your existing folders, or, for first-time users: create a new folder by typing a name in the box and clicking on New Folder. Next time you login to Westlaw, you can visit your folders from the My Folders link at the very top of the screen (dark blue line). All of your saved documents will be there. A great way of organizing your findings!

Creating alerts     ALARM

If a specific case is of particular interest to you, you can create an alert for it and thus be informed of any changes; e.g. when its status changes, or when it gets referenced in a journal article, when it’s cited by another case, or when another case has been heard between the same parties on a different point of law. To create a Case Alert, go to the Case Analysis document, the full text or Graphical History and click on the Create Case Alert link at the top right hand corner of the screen. (Looks like an alarm clock.) You can also create an alert for a list of results from a specific search.

Click on Alerts (blue line at the top) to go back to your saved alerts and run a search again or edit it, or to change the way your alerts are set up!

And…

The Linkbuilder tool   linkbuilder

This feature allows you to create direct links to material on Westlaw UK. The links can include authentication; meaning that upon clicking on them, users will have to provide their University username and password. You can create and send links to result pages, individual documents or search templates.

To use this feature you need to have a profile with Westlaw. Next step is to contact Westlaw UK Customer Support Team on 0800 028 2200 or by email at:  customer.service@westlaw.co.uk and request access to the Linkbuilder tool.

To create a link:

1) Navigate to the document and click the Build Link icon on the top right hand corner of the screen. You will be presented with a link creation screen. (The Linkbuilder screen.) You can choose your method of authentication here:

2) For the University of Aberdeen authentication is via the entityID URL for Shibboleth. (Deselect the Save sponsor code option.)
Enter the following in the entityID URL box: https://shibserv.abdn.ac.uk/shibboleth and make sure the Save entityID URL box is ticked.

3) Click Copy to Clipboard at the bottom of the screen. The link is now ready to be pasted into any document. Remember that you can also ‘hide’ links under citations or words (in other words, linkify words or parts of text) if you are creating and publishing
material online.

Read this guide to find out more about the Linkbuilder tool.

Tip: If you skip logging in to your profile and later decide that you would like to use the extra features that a profile offers, the way to log in is by clicking on the Westlaw UK icon at the top left hand corner, then clicking on MyWestlaw to bring up the log in window! Your name will appear at the start of the blue ribbon at the top.

Remember to Log Out!

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For more information on using Westlaw UK, find our Library guides here.
Come and see us in person if you need help with Westlaw or any other legal database!

Eleni Borompoka
Taylor Library & EDC
01224 272601
eleni.boro@abdn.ac.uk
lawlib@abdn.ac.uk

 

 

 

Legal databases

Are you just beginning your legal research and getting lost in the rising sea of information? Or just need some inspiration?

Check out what the law electronic databases can offer to you. These are excellent tools, and no matter what stage your studies are at, you can rely heavily on them.
Please find all the mainstream legal databases and their training materials here:

Westlaw UK   Westlaw logo

Westlaw International

Lexis®Library  LexisNexis logo

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Taylor Library

Tip of the Day: Essential route to accessing some legal databases off campus. The Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI).

For those of you who will be leaving us for the summer…
Some useful information regarding working from home! 

If you plan to access important databases when you are working from home over
the summer it is important you use specific routes into them. No matter where you
are working, or what database you are searching, access must be through Primo.

Most databases require a login using your University computer username and password, (Library staff refer to this as Shibboleth Authentication) but a few
important databases do not have this service set up. These databases are:

  • KluwerArbitration
  • OGEL
  • OECD iLibrary

When on the campus network, access to these databases is trouble-free;  you link through without a problem. However, when you are working off campus you must
use Primo on the VDI (Virtual Desktop Infrastructure). The VDI accesses the University’s classroom PC desktop via your web browser and, in turn, provides secure access to resources we pay for.

It is also possible to use MS Office programmes through the VDI.  Open the Common Applications folder or go to Start > All Programmes, to launch this software.

Please note: It is not necessary to access databases requiring a login (such as Westlaw and LexisLibrary) through the VDI.

To access the VDI:

  1. go to: vdi.abdn.ac.uk, then enter your University username and password
    in the vmware Horizon page
  2. click on the PC monitor icon for Electronic Resources
  3. open the Library Resources folder, then go to Primo to search for and link
    out to the databases mentioned earlier.

For the Library guide to using OGEL, click here.

 Taylor Library Team 

 

IMPORTANT PRODUCT ANNOUNCEMENT, Westlaw UK: The White Book 2015 – erratum

The Westlaw UK team has reported errors in Volume 1 of the White Book 2015 published 30 March in print, eBook and on Westlaw UK.

“Changes to Part 6 (Rules 6.31 and 6.33) and Part 74 (in particular Rules 74.4A and 74.7B) made as a result of the Civil Procedure (Amendment no. 7) Rules 2014 (SI 2014/2948) were not included correctly and we apologise sincerely for any inconvenience caused. The team is working hard to remedy this and the current status is as follows:

The White Book on Westlaw UK
Part 6 corrections (Rules 6.31 & 6.33) were uploaded yesterday 1 April, 2015.
Part 74 corrections (Rules 74.4A & 74.7B) will have been loaded by the end of 2 April, 2015.

The White Book eBook on ProView
Part 6 corrections are live.
Part 74 corrections are currently being fixed yet may take up to two working days to appear on ProView.

The White Book In Print
All corrections will be addressed in an erratum, the Second Supplement and Civil Procedure News. The First Supplement, publishing in print 7 April regrettably will not include the corrections and all customers will also receive a notification with their First Supplement confirming this.

We will send you a further update Tuesday 7 April to confirm the changes on Westlaw UK and on ProView.

Should you have any questions in the meantime please contact the Westlaw UK Customer Support team on 0800 028 2200 or by email at customer.service@westlaw.co.uk.

Once again, please accept our sincere apologies for this.

Regards,
The White Book and Westlaw UK team”

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Elaine Shallcross
Information Consultant, Law & Business
e.shallcross@abdn.ac.uk