You will be using many different sophisticated commercial online legal research platforms in school and beyond. The databases function and are organized similarly, so once you understand how to use one, it is easy to figure out the others.
The purpose of this exercise is to teach you how to navigate and use Westlaw Edge and Lexis Advance, two of the main legal research platforms, and conduct basic case law research.
Sign in to Westlaw Edge
Click Westlaw from the left panel of the Law Library’s homepage, lawlibrary.arizona.edu. Then, enter your Westlaw login credentials. You will be taken to the Thomson Reuters Law School page. From there, click “Access Westlaw Edge.”
You will then see a new window with a single search box (the universal search box) and a directory type listing of databases. Clicking on the Westlaw Edge logo in top left corner will always return you to this initial homepage screen. Make sure that Arizona is selected as your jurisdiction, as we will be researching Arizona case law for this worksheet.
Sign in to Lexis Advance
Now that you understand a little bit about one commercial online service (Westlaw Edge), you should be able to use that knowledge to understand and use Lexis Advance. You will also learn new tools while using Lexis that can also be found on the Westlaw platform.
Click Lexis from the left panel of the Law Library’s homepage, lawlibrary.arizona.edu. Then, enter your Lexis Advance credentials. You will be brought to LexisNexis for Law Schools homepage. Click “Go to Lexis Advance.”
You will then be brought to the Lexis Advance homepage, shown below. Any time you want to return to this page, just click the Lexis Advance Research logo in the left top corner. Set the jurisdiction to Arizona as we will be doing research in Arizona case law for the remainder of this assignment.
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