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Search Fields

Use the following West editorial enhancements (search fields) to understand the significance of a case and improve retrieval:

  • SYNOPSIS.
                Summarizes facts and mentions legal issue.
                To use, enter term in synopsis box in Advanced Search.
  • HEADNOTES.
                Summarizes legal issue.
                To use, enter term in headnotes box in Advanced Search.
  • WEST TOPIC & KEY NUMBERS.
                Provides subject access and classifies headnotes.
                To use, recycle West Topic or Key Number from a 
                previous search.  (See West Key Number System 
                box on this page for additional information.)         

Negative Case History

Beware of red and yellow flags when looking for good law!

  • Red indicates the inclusion of at least one negative point of law.
  • Yellow indicates negative history.

Do not rely on case which includes this language:

  • overruled by
  • abrogated by
  • distinguished by

For more cases, select or add:

  • Negative Treatment tab,
  • History tab,
  • Citing References tab,
  • KC:_ or Keycite:_ prefix to the legal citation.

West Key Number System

Select Tools (menu bar) to access West Key Number System.

  • Find a numerical key to incorporate in your search
  • Use TITLE SEARCH box (on right) to locate where your search word appears in the West Key Number hierarchy
  • Drill down through the hierarchy to find applicable cases