Field Searches. Fields on Westlaw. Most documents on Westlaw are divided into segments called fields. Field searching adds even more precision to a Terms and Connectors search.
di( “probable cause” /p stop! /p car automobile vehicle)
Case Law Fields
You can access a Fields
list from the Search page on westlaw.com.
This is the template that
appears when you access the Fields list. You can
use this template or just enter the search directly into the search
text box. These are just some of the fields ina case law database.
sy,di(wrongful! /5 terminat! discharg!)
sy,di(“product liability” /p danger! defect! /p air-bag)
Case Law Synopsis and Digest Fields
A headnote and synopsis field search retrieves many online reporter cases that you would otherwise miss.
Case Law Fields on Westlaw
The Digest Fieldis a combination of the Topic and Headnote fields.
There are not as many fields in a statutory
law database. Most of these fields are not available in
case law databases.
ci(42 +3 198*)
will retrieve the following sections in Title 42: 198 and 1980 to 1989.
pr,ca(“title 11” & exemption)
Statutory Fields on Westlaw
“dying declaration” /p time hour minute second day /p admiss! inadmissible admit! & ju(jackson)
You need cases since 1980 that discuss the Environmental Protection Agency regulations concerning underground storage tanks for which Judge Clifford wrote the appellate decision. Use the Maine Case (ME-CS) database and construct an effective search using both free text searching and field searching.
Hint: A case might use the phrase underground gasoline tank or underground oil tank or underground storage tank.