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WestlawNext Campus Research


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Introduction

WestlawNext Campus Research contains a huge collection of primary and secondary legal research materials that includes federal, state, court rules, statutory and regulatory materials, digests, reference publications, and a European Union library of legal materials. WestlawNext Campus Research includes information from resources such as: American Jurisprudence (2nd ed.); American Law Reports; the United States Code Annotated; the Code of Federal Regulations; and the Federal Register. There is also a business section that provides access to current and archival popular and business-related newspapers, magazines, and trade journals. Many of the files are in the PDF format and require the Adobe Acrobat Reader to view and print the articles.

WestlawNext Campus Research is available to current UT Arlington faculty & students at this webaddress:

libguides.uta.edu/campusres

Searching

A truncation symbol in WestlawNext Campus Research is an exclamation point (!), and when this symbol is put at the end of a word, the database will be searched for all of the possible endings--suffixes--for that word.

A phrase is indicated with quotation marks (" ") so that words that are surrounded by quotation marks are searched as a single string. For example, "welfare reform" will be searched as a two word phrase.

Two Boolean operators that are important in finding information are AND and OR. The AND is used to connect two different concepts and the OR is used between concepts that are synonymous. It is critical to put parentheses around a search expression that contains an OR. Here is an example:

(homeless! OR RUNAWAYS) AND (POLICY OR POLICIES)

The first part of this statement will find material about the homeless population and runaways. The second part will look for the words "policy" or "policies". The AND then links the first set with the second. This should be an effective way to look for legal information related to policy or policies for persons without adequate shelter.

Legal cases can be found by citation or title. Most cases have a unique identifying citation, such as, the case Bush v. Gore, 121 S. Ct. 525 (2000). To find this case, type 121sct525 in the Find a Document by citation text box under Shortcuts on the Law tab, and click Go.

Legal case information can be found by the knowing the names of the parties listed in the title of the case. For example, to locate the Bush v. Gore case, type bush and gore in the Find a Document by title text boxes under Shortcuts on the Law tab, and click Go.

Statutes or Regulations can be found by the citation. Simply, type the citation in the Find a Document by citation text box under Shortcuts on the Law tab, and click Go. For example, to retrieve the statute 42 U.S.C.A. 1983, type 42usca1983 in the text box. When you want to retrieve volume 65 of the Federal Register, page 81082, type 65fr81082.

John Dillard, Social Work &Social Sciences Librarian; dillard@uta.edu
My office is in the Central Library, room 410. My office hours.

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