Online Guide to Using KeyCite http://slisweb.sjsu.edu/resources/westlaw/keycite.pdf
What is KeyCite? KeyCite is the citation service available on Westlaw. You can use KeyCite to view the history of a case, statute, administrative decision, or regulation to help determine whether it is good law and to retrieve citing references.
What Can Be Searched in KeyCite? • Case law • Statutory citations • Regulations • Constitutional provisions • Court rules • Agency decisions • Restatements • Law review articles • U.S. patents
How to Access KeyCite • From the Directory Page of Westlaw • Use Find to retrieve a specific citation • Linkto document from search results • OpenKeyCite.
Elements of a KeyCite Report • KeyCiteSummary • Prior History (Direct history) • Citing Decisions
Analytical Treatment by Citing Cases- Treatment Notations • Affirmed: On appeal, reconsideration, or rehearing, the citing case affirms or adheres to the reasoning employed by the cited case. • Followed: The citing case relies on the cited as controlling or persuasive authority
Analytical TreatmentContinued • Criticized: The citing case criticizes some aspect of the cited case, although the citing court may not have the authority to affect its precedential value • Questioned: The citing case questions the continuing validity or precedential value of the cited case because of intervening circumstances, such as judicial or legislative overruling.
Analytical TreatmentContinued • Overruled: The citing case overrules all or part of the cited case • Reversed: On appeal, reconsideration, or rehearing, the citing case reverses the cited case.
Analytical TreatmentContinued • Explained: The citing case explains or interprets the reasoning or holding of the cited case. • Distinguished: The citing case differs from the cited case in either fact situation or legal issue.
How to Limit Citing References Results From any results screen, click on Limit KeyCite Display.
Restricting Citing References: • Limit by Headnote • Limit by Locate • Limit by Jurisdiction • Limit by Date • Limit by Document Type • Limit by Depth of Treatment • or Combination(s) of above
Table of Authorities The Table of Authorities lists the cases cited by a case. It is a useful tool for finding hidden weaknesses in a case because it not only lists the cases on which your case relies but also shows whether those cases have significant negative history.
Elements of KeyCite Report for Statutes • KeyCite Summary • Prior History (Direct history) • Citing Decisions
Methods of Delivery • Print • Save to Flash Drive
Documents must be in PDFClick on Page Options to Print All or Parts of the Document