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Tips for Lexis and Westlaw

Use the most specific file or database available. Why search all federal cases when you only need 6th Circuit cases?

Use Focus or Locate to refine or narrow a search at no charge. Consider entering multiple searches as one search statement, then separating them via Focus or Locate.

Use Get and Print/Find and Print to retrieve and print or download multiple citations.

Lecture Notes and Tip Sheets


Tips for WestlawNext and Lexis Advance

If your employer offers access to one, but not both, of the major providers, or both, but one with a more restrictive contract, make sure you can transition to the preferred system. Here are some other tips:

  • Plan a search before connecting to the system!

  • If you have a citation, use Get a Document or Find  instead of searching.

  • Call the reference attorneys at Lexis and Westlaw. They can suggest search terms or databases. They will run a search for you and see if there are any hits. 1 -800 45 LEXIS, 1-800-REF-ATTY (733-2889) (Westlaw)

  • Start off with a broad search and then limit to determine the best documents to click on.

  • Sort by relevance or most used to determine best documents to click on.  In WestlawNext, show the most detail to determine the best documents to click on.  In Lexis Advance, use the Free Preview.

  • Save documents in folders.  WestlawNext and Lexis Advance allow free access to folders for one year.  In Lexis Advance, you can update Shepards signals for a document in a folder for free.

  • With transactional pricing, you can run a previously conducted search from your History or Trail at no charge for a limited time, this is cheaper than re-running the search.

  • Use the Table of Contents or or use Book Browse.

  • Print with your Web browser for free.

  • Copy with Reference instead of printing, if desirable.

  • Alerts are FREE and can be created when you use WestlawNext and classic Westlaw and Lexis

*Information regarding Lexis training sessions are here.


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