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Connect to the database here. If prompted, log in with your Brookes ID and password.
If you see a pop-up box asking to sign into or create an account, you can just press skip. There are advantages to having a MyWestlawUK account, but it isn't necessary.
The homepage contains a single search box. This automatically searches everything in Westlaw, but you can untick the boxes to narrow down the resources searched. You will have greater control over your search, however, if you use the tabs along the top of the screen (cases, legislation etc.).
You can return to the homepage from anywhere in Westlaw by clicking on the Westlaw icon in the top left of the screen.
Westlaw Insight is a great place to start researching a topic. It contains short thematic posts, in the style of Wikipedia, but they are written by legal experts.
Remember, Westlaw Insight is not a source you should be citing in your assignments. Rather, it is a springboard to help you find other, more scholarly material. This process works in two main ways:
Do you get too many search results in Westlaw? Are the useful results surrounded by lots of irrelevant results? One solution might be to use some of these tools. In particular, the first three tips below will help make your search results more focused and precise.
If you put more than one word in a search box, Westlaw UK and Westlaw Next (international materials) will respond differently. Westlaw UK assumes all your words are linked with 'and' so will only retrieve results where all your words occur. In contrast, Westlaw Next assumes they are linked with 'or' so will retrieve results where at least one of your words occurs. To avoid this in Westlaw Next, use and between words if you want more precise results
The 'Help' link in the blue menu bar, top right of screen, provides further details on searching Westlaw.
If you would like further help with Westlaw, you can contact Charlie Brampton, Academic Liaison Librarian for Law.