February 28, 2017

Westlaw Secondary Sources Redesign Adds New Features, Enhancements

Optimization delivers enhanced customer experience, more control

EAGAN, Minn., – Thomson Reuters Westlaw, the industry-leading legal research solution, has completely redesigned its Westlaw Secondary Sources experience, dramatically improving the organization and functionality of its analytical resources to better meet the needs of today’s legal professionals.

Westlaw customers played a central role in shaping the latest enhancements, which focus on intuitive design and usability to help researchers start stronger and finish faster. Now users can more efficiently interact with thousands of analytical resources on Westlaw via new publication filter and sort options, fully browsable tables of contents, a seamless reading view and pinpoint linking capabilities.

Senior Director of Product Development for Thomson Reuters Jill Roisum noted that prior to its redesign, research within Westlaw Secondary Sources forced users to follow a linear path. “As legal practitioners strive to accomplish improved matter management with fewer resources, we are providing customers with the most direct path to the information they seek. And with the new features and enhancements, users can more quickly identify relevant resources needed to make a direct impact on their matter.”

Optimized features include:

  • Secondary Sources library: A redesigned library experience delivers streamlined navigation including new publication filters, more targeted pre-search criteria and convenient access to favorite publications.
  • Table of contents: An interactive and fully browsable table of contents on a publication’s main page and, where available, at the document display as well, providing essential context and easing navigation. 
  • Reading mode: Seamlessly scroll through multiple documents within a single display using this elected online mode.
  • Scope screen: Scope screens provide a succinct overview of a publication to immediately assess its relevance and are now accessible directly from the Secondary Sources library page. Additional display enhancements and functionality within the scope screens, such as links to related publications, are currently available for numerous sources and will be implemented on a rolling basis for the remaining publications. 
  • Rutter publications pinpoint linking: Bypass lengthy scrolling and navigate directly to the targeted portion of the referenced citation.

According to Roisum, the analytical content library on Westlaw is second only to cases for Westlaw usage and is accessed by more than 93 percent of users. “With these enhancements, this important and comprehensive collection of analytical resources will be even more useful to legal researchers, whether they are using a treatise as a starting point for research in an unfamiliar area of law or reviewing journals and law reviews to stay current on trends in their practice area.” 

Westlaw Secondary Sources contains more than 4,000 publications, including Corpus Juris Secundum, American Jurisprudence 2D, American Law Reports Annotations, and Black’s Law Dictionary.

The global redesign of Westlaw Secondary Sources is launching in the United States first, and will launch later this year in the UK (Westlaw UK) and Canada (WestlawNext Canada).

To learn more about these enhancements and Thomson Reuters Westlaw, click here.

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