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WESTLAWNEXT
Tutorial for News Searching
Westlaw provides 24/7 research assistance.
You can search any of these
news areas individually, in
combination, or all at once.
Note that while Reuters is a news
sou...
SEARCHING ALL NEWS
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 ...
Note the U.S.
and non-U.S.
news sources.
Let’s go back
to the main
News screen
to make our
search more
specific.
U.S. NEWS SOURCES
Let’s search only
U.S. news sources.
Slightly different
set of search results;
U.S. news
sources only
NEWS BY TYPE
In WestlawNext, you can specify news content to
search, for up to 3 categories.
For example, let’s do this same search wit...
U.S.
newspaper
U.K.
newspaper
U.S. newswire
German
newswire
Displaying search
results in
“Relevance” order
Results will be...
Sorting results
by “Date” order
produces
significantly
different results.
INTERNATIONAL NEWS
Let’s do an international news search on the
recent National Security Agency’s spy scandal.
We are sticking with a basic s...
NEWS BY TOPIC
You can restrict your set of news results by
topic. For example, for the most
recent news articles on the U.S. Supreme Cou...
Your results are
limited to legal
and judicial
sources.
You would never
find this level of
Supreme Court
news detail in, f...
Back to the main News
screen
So, what happens when
we simply
click on one of these
news links?
We get the 10 most recently added
news documents for that category (in
this case, Reuters Health eLine).
We don’t control ...
SEARCHING BY
SOURCE
For an alphabetical list of
news sources in Westlaw,
click on News Index.
Click on a letter for a list of WestlawNext news sources
beginning with that letter.
Alphabetical list of news sources starting with
the letter “N”
Let’s take a look at the New York Daily News.
Remember, when we first click on a link to the individual
news source, we are shown the 10 most recent news
entries for th...
You can do a basic search of the New York Daily
News from this screen, or choose an advanced search.
Let’s select an advan...
ADVANCED
SEARCHING
Use an advanced search to:
• limit your search by title, author, date,
exact phrase, etc.
or
• require certain terms or ex...
Here we are looking for articles in the NY Daily
News within the past 6 months that contain the
word “lawsuit” and have th...
Note how WestlawNext automatically
constructs an advanced Boolean search
inquiry based on the terms you plug
into the adva...
From this screen
you have the option
of running another
NY Daily News
search or
returning to the
main News screen.
Let’s return to the alphabetical
list of news sources to do more
searching by specific source(s).
We will return to advanc...
Select news sources
beginning
with the letter “N.”
Remember, this is a list of ALL of the news sources
beginning with the letter “N” in WestlawNext.
International news sourc...
You can search all of these New York news sources at once or
in combination of up to 3.
Let’s select Newsday, the New York Post, and the
New York Times.
Note that in order to run an advanced search, you must ei...
Your search
results are
limited to articles
from Newsday, the
NY Times, and
NY Post.
Back to News
Click on any of the states to view
the news sources from that state.
For example, click on the word
“Florida.”
We have search
results for all
WestlawNext’s
Florida news
sources, in date
order, on hurricane
season.
You can run an advanced news search with ALL
content (e.g. ALL Florida news sources), or with ONE source (e.g.
Florida Tim...
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 can...
ADVANCED
SEARCHING
The advanced search screen
allows you to search by
Document Field.
More document fields you can search
by, if you know how to!
See next slide for tips on how to
identify a document field.
1st ½ of page
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 i...
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.
If you know the
Name of the news
source, type it in
the Publication
Name field.
Advanced Search
Document Fields
accept onl...
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 quotation...
1st ½ of page
You can
search in
the Text
field.
2nd ½ of page
The last four fields listed above—Geographic Region, Language, Industry, and
News Subject—are examples of re...
Here we are searching all news content
(U.S. and international) in the last 12 months
with Eric Clapton in the title.
We a...
Let’s search all news
sources from June 1 through
June 19, 2013 with the
words “Chrysler” and “recall”
and “jeep” in the t...
We retrieve
71 news
sources of
varying type,
topic and
geographic
origin, within
this date
range, having
these title
words...
Our results are
limited to the
geographic
reference code
“Asia,”
specifically
Reuters Asia and
the English
newswire
Xinhau...
BOOLEAN SEARCHING
AND, OR, NOT…
• Boolean Operators are words (AND, OR, NOT) used to
combine or exclude words in a search, producing more
fo...
Boolean Symbols in WestlawNext
Connectors and Expanders
• & AND
• /s In same sentence
• Or OR
• +s Preceding within senten...
Westlaw’s
advanced
search screen
is designed to
simplify
Boolean
searching.
In addition to AND & OR,
a very commonly used
...
Here we ran
an international
news search
requiring “Nazi war
crimes” to be in the
title and our results to
be
from
Decembe...
Extensive Boolean Searching…
• For detailed WestlawNext search tips on Boolean
searching with exact phrases, simple operat...
DELIVERY METHODS
Printing, emailing, downloading, Kindle
Your options
Type in email address
and choose the format
you prefer.
Layout
options
Print layout options
Download
options
YOU CAN DO IT!
Ask for help.
HELP!
Email, chat or
make an
appointment with a
librarian,
or
call
1.800.REF.ATTY.
(1.800.733.2889)
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  1. 1. WESTLAWNEXT Tutorial for News Searching
  2. 2. Westlaw provides 24/7 research assistance.
  3. 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. 4. SEARCHING ALL NEWS
  5. 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. 6. Note the U.S. and non-U.S. news sources.
  7. 7. Let’s go back to the main News screen to make our search more specific.
  8. 8. U.S. NEWS SOURCES
  9. 9. Let’s search only U.S. news sources.
  10. 10. Slightly different set of search results; U.S. news sources only
  11. 11. NEWS BY TYPE
  12. 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. 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. 14. Sorting results by “Date” order produces significantly different results.
  15. 15. INTERNATIONAL NEWS
  16. 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. 17. NEWS BY TOPIC
  18. 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. 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. 20. Back to the main News screen So, what happens when we simply click on one of these news links?
  21. 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. 22. SEARCHING BY SOURCE
  23. 23. For an alphabetical list of news sources in Westlaw, click on News Index.
  24. 24. Click on a letter for a list of WestlawNext news sources beginning with that letter.
  25. 25. Alphabetical list of news sources starting with the letter “N”
  26. 26. Let’s take a look at the New York Daily News.
  27. 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. 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. 29. ADVANCED SEARCHING
  30. 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. 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. 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. 33. From this screen you have the option of running another NY Daily News search or returning to the main News screen.
  34. 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. 35. Select news sources beginning with the letter “N.”
  36. 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. 37. You can search all of these New York news sources at once or in combination of up to 3.
  38. 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. 39. Your search results are limited to articles from Newsday, the NY Times, and NY Post. Back to News
  40. 40. Click on any of the states to view the news sources from that state. For example, click on the word “Florida.”
  41. 41. We have search results for all WestlawNext’s Florida news sources, in date order, on hurricane season.
  42. 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. 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. 44. ADVANCED SEARCHING
  45. 45. The advanced search screen allows you to search by Document Field.
  46. 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. 47. 1st ½ of page
  48. 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. 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. 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. 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. 52. 1st ½ of page You can search in the Text field.
  53. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 58. BOOLEAN SEARCHING
  59. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 64. DELIVERY METHODS Printing, emailing, downloading, Kindle
  65. 65. Your options
  66. 66. Type in email address and choose the format you prefer.
  67. 67. Layout options
  68. 68. Print layout options
  69. 69. Download options
  70. 70. YOU CAN DO IT! Ask for help.
  71. 71. HELP! Email, chat or make an appointment with a librarian, or call 1.800.REF.ATTY. (1.800.733.2889)

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