Use KeyCite to help you determine whether a case or statute is good law and to retrieve citing references.
KeyCite provides information such as
Click the KeyCite status flag in a document or next to a document's citation to access KeyCite.
KeyCite Status Flags
A KeyCite status flag lets you immediately know the status of a case, administrative decision, statute, or regulation.
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Source: Westlaw Help Center. Using KeyCite. Thomson Reuters Westlaw.
Finding Word Variants
* use to replace a letter
wom*n will locate records containing both woman and women
! place after the root of a term to find all variations of the term
immigra! will locate records containing the terms immigrant and immigration
singular search terms retrieve singulars and most plurals
plural search terms retrieve singulars and most plurals
!* use ! or * with irregular singular or plural: child! g**se
" " use quotation marks to search for phrases "war crimes"
OR is the Default Connector When There is a Space Between Terms
A space between terms will find documents that contain either or all of the words or phrases. Use a space between words that are synonyms, antonyms, alternative spellings, or abbreviations. Examples are listed below.
lawyer counsel attorney
takeover take over
international business machines IBM I.B.M.
Using the AND Connector
Use to find a document that contains all the terms connected with AND
For example, self-defense AND domestic violence will retrieve a document with both terms.
Using the AND NOT Connector
Use to find documents in which a search word or phrase is to be excluded.
For example, the following search finds documents where the word "trust" occurs but the word "charitable" does not.
trust AND NOT charitable
Use to find two words within the specified number of words
For example, the following search request tells the research software to find documents in which both words appear in the same segment, within three or fewer words of one another.
william w/3 hearst retrieves documents containing the words William Randolph Hearst; William R. Hearst; and Hearst, William R.
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