When you return to Phoenix Law in 2011, ready to start the new year fresh, don't be caught off guard by the change from Westlaw to WestlawNext! You will still have access to "classic" Westlaw, but now the option to use WestlawNext will be available. Also, some searches in Westlaw will send you to WestlawNext. We want you to be prepared! So here's the scoop!
How to access WestlawNext:
Log-in to Westlaw as you normally would, but then choose WestlawNext at the very top of the screen:
Also, if you conduct your searches using the Legal Research Center (in the middle of the page after you login), your results will automatically be retrieved using WestlawNext:
PLEASE NOTE: Currently you cannot print to the Westlaw printer using WestlawNext!
Choose another printer in the meantime.
View this PDF for tips on how to get around the printing issue.
What does WestlawNext look like?
With a single search box, you don't have to select a database to begin a search. No need to truncate words or use connectors either, but you can if you like. The single search box doesn't mind. Just type in what you're looking for and select a jurisdiction.
The results will be returned by relevancy and sorted into categories for ease of use.
Wait! I like to limit and use terms & connectors!
The single search box allows you to enter terms & connectors if you'd like, and you still have the option of limiting your search ahead of time:
Also, the Advanced Search feature...
...will help you build a Boolean Terms & Connectors query:
So... test it out! Get familiar with the interface so you can be an efficient researcher!
- Don't hesitate to ask a librarian for assistance with the new interface! Email us or call us at 602.682.6898. Visit the reference desk in the law library during the hours librarians are available for reference.
- There are trainings and user guides online that are extremely helpful. Once you've signed into Westlaw under the Home tab choose either "User Guides" or "Training" and follow the prompts to WestlawNext.
Enjoy your holidays, and look forward to the changes in January!
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