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Legal Research Articles and Insights

Articles written by industry experts to keep you on top of the latest in legal research. Explore the collection below and find a variety of topics and articles covering industry trends, the latest enhancements on Westlaw, research tips and tricks from expert Reference Attorneys, and more.

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Legal Research Tips

May 16, 2017

Advice for Law Students and New Attorneys Doing Legal Research Online

How do I know where to begin? How do I know when I’ve exhausted my resources? Online research is part and parcel to virtually every industry, personal, and professional pursuit in some way these days, but legal research is a different animal than other kinds of online search...

April 3, 2017

5 Ways to Cut Legal Research Costs

Billable hours are a fine balancing act, and time spent researching can easily start to accumulate, even for an experienced attorney, when encountering a new issue. Avoid having to cut precious billable hours and save...

March 8, 2017

Is My Legal Research Accurate?

Some things in the life of an attorney are optional. From going solo to going paperless to going to lunch, you can choose to do it or not. However, you know that being confident in the accuracy of your legal research...

'How-to' Legal Research Tricks

June 15, 2017

How to prepare to write a legal brief

In order to brief, you’ll need to have a good understanding of the facts. Thomson Reuters Westlaw™ has tools like PeopleMap and Company Investigator to help you find all the relevant facts surrounding your case.

June 15, 2017

How to write a legal brief

What are the basic elements of a legal brief? First, every standard brief starts with an introduction that articulates the party’s theory of the case and procedural history of the case.

June 15, 2017

Tools to build a winning legal brief

Effective briefing includes identifying the issues, citing to proper authority, and crafting a legal argument. If written effectively, a brief can put a judge on your side before you ever step foot in a courtroom.

January 23, 2017

Start Your Legal Research with WestSearch

One of the most challenging aspects of online legal research is getting started. Sometimes, you will have an idea of search terms or concepts to use in a search, but in other situations, you may be confronted with a...

July 20, 2016

5 More Ways to Conduct Legal Research on Westlaw Efficiently

I once had a professor who graded on a scale of 0-9 rather than 0-10 because he’d calculated the significant time he would spend over his career writing the "0" in "10."

July 18, 2016

5 Tips for Efficiently Using Westlaw for Legal Research

Few legal professionals have not used Westlaw for online legal research at some point in their careers, but are they doing so efficiently?

March 9, 2017

How to Find Legal Cases By Particular Judge or Entity

Looking for cases by a particular judge or involving a particular entity? The best legal research approach even for narrow searches is to start with the global search box on Westlaw, powered by WestSearch.

March 8, 2017

How can you best start your legal research

Even though it may sound simple enough to get a "good start" on your legal research, many legal professionals spend more time than they probably should on it – which, in turn, causes the entire research process to take...

October 31, 2016 

Using the Key Number System

In a previous blog post, I discussed some best practices for ensuring that your legal research process is complete. But getting to the point of feeling that your legal research is truly finished assumes that the process had a sound start.

Find Better Results, Faster

June 22, 2017

Why you Need KeyCite

There is an old saying that goes “fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.” This adage is applicable to most situations in life, but it is particularly true when one goes before a court...

June 14, 2017 

Celebrating 20 Years of Excellence with KeyCite on Westlaw

It has been two decades since Thomson Reuters Westlaw launched KeyCite, the service which revolutionized the way attorneys verify the good law status of their authority...

February 13, 2017 

Secondary Sources on Westlaw: Start Stronger, Finish Faster

Primary sources tell you what the law is, but Secondary Sources give you the why, when, where, if and how of the law. You’ve already read the Basics of Secondary Sources; now it’s time to look more closely at how to use...

February 13, 2017

Firm Central + Westlaw Global Search = Major Advantages

Everyone in the legal profession is experiencing what has been called "the new legal landscape." Whatever you choose to call it, it means that your firm is required to accomplish more tasks and produce more work product...

February 1, 2017

The Basics of Secondary Sources – What, Why, How

Although they cannot be directly relied upon as legal authority, secondary sources remain some of the most important authorities to employ in legal arguments.

January 25, 2017

Using a Legal Research App Can Increase Productivity 

Like in almost every field, digital disruption is a major game-changer for the legal industry. The demand for legal services is evolving as segmentation grows in the nature and delivery of services.

August 17, 2016 

Feel Confident That Your Legal Research Is Complete

One of the worst experiences as an attorney is realizing that a vital authority is missing from your legal argument. Your case appears weaker and incomplete as a result, and – worst of all – the omission may directly lead to...

What's New with Westlaw

March 1, 2017

New Secondary Sources Experience on Westlaw

Westlaw is continuously evolving to meet practitioners' ever-changing needs, and the secondary source re¬design includes a number of enhancements to help you quickly refer to familiar resources as well as uncover other...

October 24, 2016

Six Legal Research Tools to Know About in 2017

Like in almost every field, digital disruption is a major game-changer for the legal industry. The demand for legal services is evolving as segmentation grows in the nature and delivery of services.

July 25, 2016

'Must See' Legal Technology to Deliver Better Answers Faster

I recently had the opportunity to interview Erik Lindberg, Senior Director for Westlaw Product Management to get the scoop on Westlaw directly from somebody on the front line of new product development.

Westlaw Support

December 7, 2016

Westlaw Offers WorldClass Customer Support

Legal research is a significantly easier task today than it was when John B. West first started publishing case law and classifying the law with Key Numbers more than 100 years ago.