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The start page of Westlaw concentrates on US research; you can choose a specific document type (e.g. cases, secondary resources) or use the search box and search directly in all US content.
To search in other country content (excluding US), choose International materials (All Content -> column right, bottom). With the search box you can search the whole collection or specify a country/document type (e.g. cases, articles) of your choice.
The World Journals collection contains 1.000 leading international journals and law reviews from the US, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Africa and Canada. To quickly search this elaborate collection, search for ‘World Journals’ in the search box on the start page or use the quick link below.
Specific journal or collection
The search box can also be used to search for a specific journal, collection or resource e.g. Criminal Law Review, World Journals, Restatements & Principles of the Law, United Kingdom Cases. The autocomplete function will help you with this; mouse click on the suggested resource (not ‘keyboard enter’).
Note that the advanced search will alter based on the document type that you have chosen; in the case law collection the advanced search will provide additional search fields for party name, court, citation etc. It is also possible to ‘build’ a query with the pre-defined fields and manually enter additional Connectors & Expanders (e.g. /P, /S, !) in the search box.
In addition to Westlaw the Law Library now also provides access to Westlaw UK which covers UK case law and case reports, legislation, news, legal journals (100+), commentary and EU legal materials. We recommend to use this database for UK research.
Library quick start: Using Westlaw (pdf)
Instructional materials available from Thomson Reuters:
- Getting Started with WestlawNext video
- Getting Started with WestlawNext user guide
- Getting Started with Westlaw UK video
- Getting Started with Westlaw UK user guide
Having problems using Westlaw or Westlaw UK? Please contact the Law Library.