Thomson Reuters has announced the launch of a more user-friendly platform called WestlawNext to replace its Westlaw International service.

This new platform will be available alongside the original Westlaw International service until 18 December 2015, when the ‘Westlaw International’ link will be turned off. To become familiar with this new service use the new ‘International Materials’ link under the services tab on Westlaw UK. After 18 December users will only be able to access its international content via the ‘International Materials’ link under the ‘services’ tab at the top of the home page.


Several features distinguish WestlawNext from Classic Westlaw International; most notably, that it allows users to search without having first choose a database , while classic Westlaw International does not allow users to search until they select a database. Avoiding choosing – Westlaw has more than 40,000 databases – will users certainly save time. They now just type their text of a query into the single search box and then select a jurisdiction. The database directories are disappeared!
Second, it has a brand-new search engine called WestSearch. WestSearch, a new advanced search algorithm, uses a single search box to search across twelve different content areas. It is not necessary anymore to formulate a query using Boolean logic or natural language. Simply type terms that describe your issue in the text box at the top of the page and click Search.

Training materials are available from Thomson Reuters:
Getting Started with WestlawNext video
• Getting Started with WestlawNext user guide 

You are kindly invited to attend a workshop on the WestlawNext and Westlaw UK database, tutored by Tom Delsaer (Westlaw’s instructor), on Wednesday 20 January 2016 from 11.00-12.30. The meeting will take place in the inner city University Library, room 1.213 (route 154). In this workshop the WestlawNext platform will be introduced. It focuses on enabling you to develop the key skills required to search and retrieve relevant documents. It explains and demonstrates the global search which supports both plain language and Boolean searching. Please register here for the Workshop Westlaw.

If you have any questions about the new platform please contact Angélique Bessems.

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