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Westlaw New Zealand - Advanced Research Techniques

This session focuses on efficient research techniques providing examples of different search strategies to find relevant content in Westlaw. This includes natural legal language and how to ask a legal question, the best way to structure a terms & connectors search, understanding linking between documents, and how to refine results.

Description

Learning Outcomes

At the end of the session participants will be able to:

  • Navigate the home page and understand the depth of accessible content (including Practical Law and International options)
  • Locate a document, commentary publication or case using the global search bar
  • Natural Legal Language (NLL) Search
  • Explain the advantages of NLL and how to refine or filter results
  • Introduce Best Portion feature, to quickly identify the relevant section of a document
  • Terms & Connectors (T&C) Search
    • How to structure a T&C search – query, identify keywords, locate T&Cs, build search string.
    • Refine or filter search results – search within a search
    • When to use an Advanced Search template – discuss benefit.
  • Print, Download or Save to folders.
  • Create a Search alert to be notified of future documents related to your search

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