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The Westlaw Campus Research database contains federal and all state court cases and
statutes (laws). It also includes the Federal Register, the Code
of Federal Regulations, and legal reference materials such as American
Jurisprudence, journals, and law reviews.
Westlaw may be accessed from any computer on the APSU campus network
or from off-campus by APSU faculty, staff, and students.
See instructions below for information on
How to Print
documents from Westlaw.
How To Search Westlaw
The first screen that appears when searching
the terms of usage. Before you begin searching the
database, you must read and agree to Westlaw's terms of usage. At
the bottom of this screen, make sure that the
selected and then click <Go>.
NOTE: You may return to the search screen at any time by
clicking the <Home> button at the top of the screen.
To Search by Subject
In the Quick Search box, select a search method, either
Language or Terms and Connectors. The best method to
use, unless you are an advanced user of Westlaw, is
because it allows you to use plain English. Type your
search in the Search for text box. You may use a term(s),
phrase or question to describe your search.
Example: flag burning
Example: flag burning free speech
Example: is flag burning constitutionally protected free
After you have entered your search in the
Quick Search box,
you must select a database to search. You may search cases
(state, federal or Supreme Court); statutes and legislative
materials (state or federal); or encyclopedias or legal journals.
You may search only one database at a time. When you have selected
the database for your search, go back to the
Quick Search box and
click the <Go> button to perform your search.
To Search by Citation or Case Name
If you know the citation number or title (names of the
parties involved) of a document, you may search it directly in the
a Document box.
Example: 42 usca 1983
retrieves Title 43, section
1983 of the United States Code Annotated (for a citation)
Example: bush v. gore
retrieves documents relating
to this case (for a title)
To Search within a Broad Category
You may also search for cases using the
feature. KeySearch is a powerful search feature that allows
you to search broad categories such as Administrative Law, Civil
Procedure, Intellectual Property and many others that are arranged in a
hierarchical structure. KeySearch
lets you search all
topics and subtopics for a specific term or terms. For
example: you could search all of the subtopics of
Property such as
for the term copyright. To use
KeySearch, click the
button in the KeySearch box.
Legal Guides & Famous Documents
General Legal Guides on different types of law and
several Famous Documents such as the
available on the main search page. To access this information,
click on the appropriate link in the gray box on the left side of the
To Display Items
The information you retrieve will vary depending on the
database you searched. You can retrieve the full text of cases;
statutes and legislative materials; and encyclopedias and legal
journals. The number of documents you retrieve after your search
will display at the bottom of your screen and you may move between
documents using the blue arrow buttons. The first document in your
list will automatically be displayed.
- Click on the download icon in the upper right hand corner of an
- At the next screen, select "download to disk" and click on the
"properties" button at the top of the page.
- On this screen, select the file format (PDF, html, Word) and
delivery format you desire and hit "save".
- Click "send request" at the bottom of the next screen.
This will bring up the document in the format you requested
- After the file has finished downloading, you should then be able to print
out the document.
For More Information
Please use the
Westlaw Campus search guide for more detailed search instructions,
especially for searching by Terms and Connectors or using
When you have completed your search in
please log off using the <Sign Off> button in the top right
corner of the screen.