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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. Book yourself on to a LexisLibrary and Westlaw: Advanced Searching workshop if you want to learn more about using these really powerful tips.
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.
There is a 'Help' link in the top right of every Westlaw page, which provides further details on searching and using Westlaw.
You may also want to print out the library's PDF guide to using Westlaw for English law.
If you are a GDL, LLB or LLM student you will be given training at the start of your course. The slides from this training will be available in Moodle for you to refer back to.
The library runs Lexis and Westlaw workshops, at both a basic and advanced level. You can find out more and book a place. If you want to come to the advanced workshop without attending the basic one first, make sure you are comfortable with what the basic workshop covers as the second workshop builds on this.
You can get in touch with Kirsty Craven, the Westlaw student legal representative at any point.
And, of course, you can always get in touch with Charlie Brampton, the Academic Liaison Librarian for Law. Charlie can see you individually or in small groups.