Searching for Concepts on Lexis & Westlaw

October 14, 2005

You may know that on Lexis and Westlaw you can search cases by party name, judge, court, date, etc., but if you are searching for a concept, remember that key terms in the case will most likely be found in the editorial enhancements of the case, such as the LexisNexis Headnotes and Summary and the Westlaw Digest and Synopsis. Use these fields (or segments on Lexis) to refine your search and weed out irrelevant documents. See examples below to search both fields at the same time. Links to Lexis and Westlaw documentation are also included.

Lexis Example:                 LN-HEADNOTES(bad faith) OR LN-SUMMARY(bad faith)
                                          Documentation

Westlaw Example:            SY,DI(“bad faith")
                                          Documentation

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