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Navigating Online Legal Research Platforms

This guide provides an overview of how to use the 5 major legal research platforms.

Purpose and Scope

The purpose of this guide is to provide users with demonstrations on how to navigate the five major online legal research platforms:

  • Westlaw Classic 
  • WestlawNext 
  • Lexis 
  • Lexis Advance
  • Bloomberg Law 

For each platform, there will be a video that provides a brief overview of how to navigate and locate the following resources: 

  • Introduction to the platform
  • Cases
  • Statutes 
  • Regulations 
  • Digests/Headnotes 
  • Citators 
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