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Levin College of Law

Conducting Legal Research

Resources and tips for conducting legal research .

Headnotes in Westlaw

  • Once you have located a promising case, read the headnotes at the top of the case. If the legal concept for which you are looking is in the headnotes, use the headnote (click the number to the left of the headnote text) to navigate to the section of the case where that legal topic is discussed to determine if the case is relevant.
  • There are two views for headnotes. Choose the one you prefer:

Using Headnotes to Expand a Relevant Case

  • There are three methods to expand your research using a headnote in WestlawNext.