Searching Statutes on Lexis & Westlaw

March 10, 2006

Searching statutes on Lexis and Westlaw can be difficult, and often your search will retrieve many more hits than you can read through. These hits may appear because the terms appear in the case annotations, secondary sources and other editorial enhancements. To limit your search to just the text of the statutory code try using fields on Westlaw or segments on Lexis. Examples:

Westlaw Use the field substantive-doc:

SD(copyright and infring! and remedy)

LexisNexis – Use the segment unanno:

UNNANO(copyright and infring! and remedy)

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