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Cosgrove ConLaw Fall 2013

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  • 1. WESTLAWNEXT Constitutional Law – Cosgrove Militano
  • 2. This is what you see when you first open WestlawNext! The search box is designed like Google for simplicity. 24/7 assistance
  • 3. We obtained 22 U.S. Supreme Court cases. Select “Most Detail” to get a view of how your search terms are used in the cases.
  • 4. Your search terms are highlighted with sufficient detail to help you determine which case you should select. Secondary sources to help you interpret the cases and legal concepts
  • 5. The search results default to the most relevant first.
  • 6. You can sort by date so that the most recent cases (within the past 5 years) appear first in the list.
  • 7. Let’s pick the Windsor case. Initial summary with background information and holding(s) written by Westlaw attorney-editors to help you understand the official opinion
  • 8. 1. A court issues an opinion in a case. 2. A copy of the case is obtained by West, where attorney-editors read the cases and pick out the points of law or legal issues in the case. 3. These legal issues or points of law are summarized in a “headnote”.
  • 9. The actual official opinion of the Court comes after the Westlawattorney written summary.
  • 10. The print options screen will default to printing ALL of the pages in the case.
  • 11. To get back to the main Westlaw screen, click on WestlawNext in the upper left-hand corner.
  • 12. FLAGS??? KeyCite
  • 13. To see how these cases have used your case, click on “Most Detail.” Lawrence v. Texas has 9,452 cases that cite to it.
  • 14. Headnotes 1,3 & 5 of Lawrence v. Texas are discussed extensively in these citing cases.
  • 15. QUESTIONS? Contact Val Waldin at v.waldin@hvcc.edu or 518.629.7319 or Ask a Librarian !