The Newsletter of the Law Library Association of Greater New York
Targeting Terms of Art within West Headnotes: Using Words and Phrases as a Search Field
by Eugene Hsue, Assistant Headquarters Librarian & Archival Specialist, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit Library
Have you ever run across a key term of art for a legal doctrine, and wondered how you could search for that term within Thomson Reuters Westlaw’s Headnotes? Terms of art are typically enclosed by quotations . . . From this example, within the online version of West headnotes, terms of art like “arbitrary and capricious” and “abuse of discretion” are enclosed by quotations.
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