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Cases Tutorial Introduction
You will learn about basic court structure and the concept of precedent, how cases are published and how to interpret their citations, and how to find and update cases through full-text search, headnotes, and citators.
This tutorial is divided into five main parts:
- Understanding court structure and the concept of precedent
- Case citation, publication, and composition
- Searching for cases:
- General search tips
- In Lexis+
- In Westlaw Edge
- Using headnotes and key numbers to find related cases
- Using citators to check for current case treatment and to find related cases
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Recent Updates to Lexis+ and Westlaw Edge
The videos below were last updated in Fall 2020. Since then a few changes have been made to Lexis+ and Westlaw Edge. The most noticeable are highlighted in this document.
Part 1: Understanding Court Structure & The Concept of Precedent
Part 2: Case Citation, Publication, & Composition
Part 3a: Full-Text Searching Tips & Tricks
Part 3b: Searching for Cases on Lexis+
Part 3c: Searching for Cases on Westlaw Edge
Part 4: Headnotes & Topics/Key Numbers as Tools in Case Law Research
Part 5: Citators as a Tool in Case Law Research