Exploring Westlaw

Go to Westlaw.com and log in with your passcode/registration key. If you do not have your passcode/registration key, now is the time to request one. See the Announcement section of this course;
Once you have logged in, you will see the Welcome to Westlaw page;
Click on the “Getting Started Guide”. It is a pdf that you may want to download and have at your fingertips for future use;
For this assignment answer the following questions about the “Getting Started Guide”:
Describe WestSearch in a much detail as you need and in your own words. I want to know that you know what this is, how you can use it, and why it can be a valuable tool.
Describe the Global Search Box in a much detail as you need and in your own words. I want to know that you know what this is, how you can use it, and why it can be a valuable tool.
Research and describe the differences between plain language and Boolean searches. For this question you will need to do; a) research on the Internet; b) make sure you have at least two credible sources that you have researched, read, and will use to help you answer the question; c) properly cite the sources; and d) tell me why you believe the sources you chose to use are credible.
Describe the “Results List” function as part of the Westlaw toolbox in a much detail as you need and in your own words. I want to know that you know what this is, how you can use it, and why it can be a valuable tool.
Describe how you would find a document.
Find a document- it can be a statute, regulation, article or case. Cite that document and describe how you found it.
Describe how you would find a case.
Find and cite a case that interests you. Cite that case and describe how you found it.
Describe KeyCite in a much detail as you need and in your own words. I want to know that you know what this is, how you can use it, and why it can be a valuable tool.
Describe what is meant by table of authorities as used in the KeyCite description.
Describe what is meant by negative treatment and history in the KeyCite description.
Describe how you might use the Custom Pages function in Westlaw to help you be a better researcher.
Describe how you might use the Folders on Westlaw function to help you be a better researcher.
Describe the differences between what you find at Westlaw.com and Next.Westlaw.com?
List the free reference materials that are available by visiting legalsolutions.com/westlaw-support
Review those free reference materials and briefly report on how you think these materials would be valuable to you in learning how to do legal research.

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