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  • 1. WESTLAWNEXT Tutorial for News Searching
  • 2. Westlaw provides 24/7 research assistance.
  • 3. You can search any of these news areas individually, in combination, or all at once. Note that while Reuters is a news source, its focus is mainly business and finance.
  • 4. SEARCHING ALL NEWS
  • 5. Let’s start with searching all of the News content. This is a very broad search and is mainly intended to give you a feel for WestlawNext’s interface.
  • 6. Note the U.S. and non-U.S. news sources.
  • 7. Let’s go back to the main News screen to make our search more specific.
  • 8. U.S. NEWS SOURCES
  • 9. Let’s search only U.S. news sources.
  • 10. Slightly different set of search results; U.S. news sources only
  • 11. NEWS BY TYPE
  • 12. In WestlawNext, you can specify news content to search, for up to 3 categories. For example, let’s do this same search with blogs, journals, magazines, newsletters and newspapers. These are our 3 categories. Note: these are NOT limited to U.S. news sources only. International news sources are included in these different news types.
  • 13. U.S. newspaper U.K. newspaper U.S. newswire German newswire Displaying search results in “Relevance” order Results will be limited to U.S. and international blogs, newspapers, newsletters, journals and magazines.
  • 14. Sorting results by “Date” order produces significantly different results.
  • 15. INTERNATIONAL NEWS
  • 16. Let’s do an international news search on the recent National Security Agency’s spy scandal. We are sticking with a basic search for now.
  • 17. NEWS BY TOPIC
  • 18. You can restrict your set of news results by topic. For example, for the most recent news articles on the U.S. Supreme Court, select the Legal & Justice topic. News By Topic searches yield very specific results and differ vastly, depending on the topic. For example, you generally won’t find computer news by searching the Energy & Environment topic category.
  • 19. Your results are limited to legal and judicial sources. You would never find this level of Supreme Court news detail in, for example, the Arts & Humanities news topic.
  • 20. Back to the main News screen So, what happens when we simply click on one of these news links?
  • 21. We get the 10 most recently added news documents for that category (in this case, Reuters Health eLine). We don’t control the search results when we do this. It is similar to reading the day’s headlines.
  • 22. SEARCHING BY SOURCE
  • 23. For an alphabetical list of news sources in Westlaw, click on News Index.
  • 24. Click on a letter for a list of WestlawNext news sources beginning with that letter.
  • 25. Alphabetical list of news sources starting with the letter “N”
  • 26. Let’s take a look at the New York Daily News.
  • 27. Remember, when we first click on a link to the individual news source, we are shown the 10 most recent news entries for that source. In this case, it is as if we are browsing the June 12th headlines in the NY Daily News.
  • 28. You can do a basic search of the New York Daily News from this screen, or choose an advanced search. Let’s select an advanced search.
  • 29. ADVANCED SEARCHING
  • 30. Use an advanced search to: • limit your search by title, author, date, exact phrase, etc. or • require certain terms or exclude terms from your search results or • use Boolean connectors to further refine and focus your search.
  • 31. Here we are looking for articles in the NY Daily News within the past 6 months that contain the word “lawsuit” and have the words NYPD or “New York Police Department” and the exact phrase “stop and frisk.”
  • 32. Note how WestlawNext automatically constructs an advanced Boolean search inquiry based on the terms you plug into the advanced search template. Click the SEARCH button.
  • 33. From this screen you have the option of running another NY Daily News search or returning to the main News screen.
  • 34. Let’s return to the alphabetical list of news sources to do more searching by specific source(s). We will return to advanced searching soon.
  • 35. Select news sources beginning with the letter “N.”
  • 36. Remember, this is a list of ALL of the news sources beginning with the letter “N” in WestlawNext. International news sources are included. Let’s pick New York News sources.
  • 37. You can search all of these New York news sources at once or in combination of up to 3.
  • 38. Let’s select Newsday, the New York Post, and the New York Times. Note that in order to run an advanced search, you must either search one content category at a time, or all at once.
  • 39. Your search results are limited to articles from Newsday, the NY Times, and NY Post. Back to News
  • 40. Click on any of the states to view the news sources from that state. For example, click on the word “Florida.”
  • 41. We have search results for all WestlawNext’s Florida news sources, in date order, on hurricane season.
  • 42. You can run an advanced news search with ALL content (e.g. ALL Florida news sources), or with ONE source (e.g. Florida Times Union). You cannot run an advanced search in combination with 2 or 3 specific sources, like above. Try it.
  • 43. This is the screen you will see if you try to run an advanced search with a select group (2 or 3) of news sources. You cannot run an advanced search with a select group of sources. WestlawNext will automatically default to searching ALL news content in the particular category you are in, in this case, Florida.
  • 44. ADVANCED SEARCHING
  • 45. The advanced search screen allows you to search by Document Field.
  • 46. More document fields you can search by, if you know how to! See next slide for tips on how to identify a document field.
  • 47. 1st ½ of page
  • 48. 1st ½ of page It’s unlikely you would know the exact citation of a news source, but if you do, you can plug the citation into the Citation field on the Advanced Search template.
  • 49. 1st ½ of page If you know the name of the news source, you can type it in the Publication Name field. See next slide.
  • 50. If you know the Name of the news source, type it in the Publication Name field. Advanced Search Document Fields accept only Boolean searching, so be sure to use quotations around an exact phrase.
  • 51. 1st ½ of page If you know the name of the author of the news source, you can plug that in the Author field, with quotations (since it is a phrase).
  • 52. 1st ½ of page You can search in the Text field.
  • 53. 2nd ½ of page The last four fields listed above—Geographic Region, Language, Industry, and News Subject—are examples of reference codes which have been added to News documents on WestlawNext (by Westlaw editors) to help focus searching. Using these fields, while not essential, can further refine and limit your search results. See next slides for examples.
  • 54. Here we are searching all news content (U.S. and international) in the last 12 months with Eric Clapton in the title. We are making sure our search results include the Westlaw reference code “entertainment” or “audio recording” or “music.” Remember, this is sophisticated, advanced searching! You may not use all of these tools, but they are available to you.
  • 55. Let’s search all news sources from June 1 through June 19, 2013 with the words “Chrysler” and “recall” and “jeep” in the title.
  • 56. We retrieve 71 news sources of varying type, topic and geographic origin, within this date range, having these title words. See how this can change dramatically by adding a geographic
  • 57. Our results are limited to the geographic reference code “Asia,” specifically Reuters Asia and the English newswire Xinhau News Agency in Asia only.
  • 58. BOOLEAN SEARCHING
  • 59. AND, OR, NOT… • Boolean Operators are words (AND, OR, NOT) used to combine or exclude words in a search, producing more focused results. • Click HERE for a simple visual explanation of this concept.
  • 60. Boolean Symbols in WestlawNext Connectors and Expanders • & AND • /s In same sentence • Or OR • +s Preceding within sentence • /p In same paragraph • " " Phrase • +p Preceding within paragraph • % But not • /n Within n terms of • ! Root expander • +n Preceding within n terms of • * Universal character When and how should I use these? • When: You have a focused search in mind. • How: Use one, two, or more in combination. • How: Don’t get overwhelmed with trying to incorporate several connectors or expanders. • You may actually ELIMINATE useful results this way!
  • 61. Westlaw’s advanced search screen is designed to simplify Boolean searching. In addition to AND & OR, a very commonly used Boolean connector is used for phrases. The symbol is “ quotations” around the phrase.
  • 62. Here we ran an international news search requiring “Nazi war crimes” to be in the title and our results to be from December 19, 2012 to the present. You can see how specific we were able to make our search with simple quotations and date limits.
  • 63. Extensive Boolean Searching… • For detailed WestlawNext search tips on Boolean searching with exact phrases, simple operators, and more, visit the next 9 slides. • You can always make an appointment with a librarian for one-on-one help with Boolean searching. Use the individual library instruction request form to make an appointment. Appointments require 24-hour advance notice. You will receive an e-mail confirmation of your appointment. Stop by the reference desk for immediate assistance or use the chat or e-mail options provided on this page.
  • 64. DELIVERY METHODS Printing, emailing, downloading, Kindle
  • 65. Your options
  • 66. Type in email address and choose the format you prefer.
  • 67. Layout options
  • 68. Print layout options
  • 69. Download options
  • 70. YOU CAN DO IT! Ask for help.
  • 71. HELP! Email, chat or make an appointment with a librarian, or call 1.800.REF.ATTY. (1.800.733.2889)