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  1. Online Guide to Using KeyCite http://slisweb.sjsu.edu/resources/westlaw/keycite.pdf

  2. 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.

  3. What Can Be Searched in KeyCite? • Case law • Statutory citations • Regulations • Constitutional provisions • Court rules • Agency decisions • Restatements • Law review articles • U.S. patents

  4. How to Access KeyCite • From the Directory Page of Westlaw • Use Find to retrieve a specific citation • Linkto document from search results • OpenKeyCite.

  5. KeyCite from Westlaw Opening Page

  6. Find by Citation

  7. KeyCite Directly

  8. KeyCite Find Box

  9. Find Using a Template When you do not know the citation format.

  10. Elements of a KeyCite Report • KeyCiteSummary • Prior History (Direct history) • Citing Decisions

  11. KeyCite Summary

  12. KeyCite Status Flags for Cases

  13. FullHistory(Prior, Direct History)

  14. Directhistory(Graphical view)

  15. DirectHistory(Graphical View)

  16. Procedural and Substantive Cites

  17. Citing References

  18. 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

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

  21. 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.

  22. Depth of Treatment Stars and Quotation Marks

  23. How to Limit Citing References Results From any results screen, click on Limit KeyCite Display.

  24. 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

  25. Limit by Document Type

  26. Limit by Document Type

  27. Limit by Headnote

  28. Limit by Locate

  29. Limit by Date

  30. Limit by Date Range

  31. LimitbyJurisdiction

  32. Limit by Depth of Treatment

  33. Results of Limit by Several Criteria

  34. 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.

  35. Click on Table of Authorities

  36. Table of Authorities with Treatment Signals for each Case

  37. Elements of KeyCite Report for Statutes • KeyCite Summary • Prior History (Direct history) • Citing Decisions

  38. KeyCite Status Flags for Statutes

  39. KeyCite Summary for Statutes

  40. Repealed by Court

  41. Decision - Section of Statute Unconstitutional

  42. Proposed Legislation

  43. History of Statute

  44. Citing References to Statutes

  45. Citing References Arranged by Topic

  46. Limits for Statutes by Topic

  47. Statute with Red Flag

  48. Methods of Delivery • Print • Save to Flash Drive

  49. Print - Click on the Circled Printer

  50. Documents must be in PDFClick on Page Options to Print All or Parts of the Document