By Ken Fox
WestlawNext has powerful searching capabilities, but it is not always obvious how to perform some of the more basic functions – for example, searching for case law by common fields such as citation, case name, judge, etc.
First, access the site. If you are a Law Society of Saskatchewan member, and using our province-wide subscription, please access WLN through the link on the Members Section.
From the WLN homepage, click on the Cases and Decisions link – it is the first item under “Primary Sources.”
This link will take you to a page that allows you to narrow a search by Jurisdiction or Topic – for most uses of the database, I would recommend bypassing this page, and going directly to the “ADVANCED” search, by using the link at the far right of the Search bar:
The Advanced Search page provides notes about Connectors and Expanders, as well as various “advanced” searching fields in a grey-shaded area. If you scroll down the screen to the “Document Fields” – you will see many of the basic fields one is accustomed to using to find case law.
For further searching advice, contact the library.