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Thomson West Introduces New Features for Westlaw

Thomson West ( has introduced Graphical KeyCite, which provides a graphical representation (a flowchart with boxes and arrows) of a court case's direct history. The KeyCite service for citation checking was first introduced on Westlaw in 1997. KeyCite flags instantly let legal researchers know whether a judicial opinion is still good law, and depth-of-treatment stars and symbols indicate how extensively the case has been relied on in other opinions. Graphical KeyCite takes this to a new level by providing a picture of a case's direct history. The feature links citations to later motions, pleadings, and lower-court decisions as the case ascends to higher courts. This helps researchers see how a case moved through the court system over time and quickly understand the impact at each level.

Thomson West also announced Westlaw 50 State Surveys, a new Westlaw feature in Westlaw StatutesPlus that makes it easy to make state-by-state comparisons of statutes covering specific topics across all 50 states. Multijurisdictional statutes research can be time-consuming and complex, requiring a significant investment of research time and staff. Westlaw 50 State Surveys are compiled topically across jurisdictions by legal editors at Thomson West and Thomson Gale. All relevant information is pulled into one place for easy review and comparison and is accessible by searching the Surveys database or by browsing the table of contents.

In addition, a 50 State Surveys link is displayed on the Links tab of a statute if a Westlaw Survey cites the statute. Surveys are available for topical areas, such as insurance, civil and criminal laws, education, employment, financial services, healthcare, and utilities. Westlaw 50 State Surveys also provides a quick summary analysis that explains the key differences and commonalities among the statutes.

Source: Thomson West

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