Teaching WestlawNext: Next Steps for Teachers of Legal Research

21 Perspectives: Teaching Legal Research and Writing 127 (2013)

Univ. of San Francisco Law Research Paper No. 2013-28

6 Pages Posted: 22 May 2013 Last revised: 22 Aug 2014

Date Written: 2013

Abstract

As a follow up to his earlier piece titled "Does WestlawNext Really Change Everything: The Implications of WestlawNext on Legal Research," Professor Wheeler here explores strategies for teaching students to effectively research using the WestlawNext legal research platform. He focuses on challenging law librarians and other teachers of legal research to embrace change, to innovate and to devise research exercises that highlight both the advantages and the alleged pitfalls of WestlawNext. In particular, Professor Wheeler discusses source selection, filters, addressing the volume of results, esoteric content, and Boolean searching.

Keywords: online legal research, legal education, westlaw, westlawnext, research instruction

Suggested Citation

Wheeler, Ronald E., Teaching WestlawNext: Next Steps for Teachers of Legal Research (2013). 21 Perspectives: Teaching Legal Research and Writing 127 (2013); Univ. of San Francisco Law Research Paper No. 2013-28. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2268207

Ronald E. Wheeler (Contact Author)

Boston University School of Law ( email )

765 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, MA 02215
United States

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