Legal Research Tip: Use Westlaw’s Built-In Search Feature
November 02, 2016
Ctrl-f can be the researcher’s best friend when trying to find a word or phrase in a long document. But the built-in search feature in Westlaw is the better bet for locating your search term or phrase.
Searching in Westlaw
If you use ctrl-f to find a certain word or phrase in Westlaw, you won’t always return accurate results. The reason? Westlaw sometimes separates documents, especially long ones, into parts. That means if you did a ctrl-f search in Part 1 of a document, your ctrl-f search would not search for or return results for anything in Part 2.
What should you do instead? Use Westlaw’s built-in search function to guarantee the best search results.
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