Answered By: Carmen D
Last Updated: Aug 11, 2015     Views: 13

Westlaw's Campus Research database provides two search methods, Basic Search and Advanced Search, as well as several search Shortcuts on the left side of the page. Below are search tips for each type of search.

Basic Search

To retrieve cases discussing a particular legal issue, such as eminent domain, complete these steps:

  1. Type eminent domain in the Searchtext box.

  2. Your search is not restricted by date. To restrict your search by date, choose a restriction from the Date drop-down list, e.g., Last 3 Years.

  3. Choose the resources you want to search by selecting up to 10 check boxes under Select One or More Areas to Search.

  4. Click Search. A result list is displayed. Click a document's title or citation to display the full text.

  5. To revise and rerun your search, click Edit Search at the top of the result list to display the Search page.

 

Advanced Search

Advanced Search lets you create a more precise search by using the AND, OR, and NOT connectors. For example, to retrieve information about wiretapping or eavesdropping under the Patriot Act other than via the Internet, complete these steps:

  1. Type "patriot act" in the Search text box, select the AND connector and type wiretap! in the second text box, and select the OR connector and type eavesdrop! in the third text box. In the NOT text box, type internet. (The root expander (!) allows you to retrieve words with variant endings, e.g., wiretap, wiretapped, and wiretapping.)

  2. Your search is not restricted by date. To restrict your search by date, choose a restriction from the Date drop-down list, e.g., Last 3 Years.

  3. Choose the resources you want to search by selecting up to 10 check boxes under Select One or More Areas to Search.

  4. Click Search. A result list is displayed. Click a document's title or citation to display the full text.

  5. To revise and rerun your search, click Edit Search at the top of the result list to display the Search page.

 

From "Law Search Tips" by Thomson Reuters WestLaw (http://kbportal.thomson.com/display/2/index.aspx?tab=search)

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