Last week we looked at finding legislation online using the Lexis Library database. This week we’ll look at the same thing using Westlaw.
When you log in to Westlaw, click over Legislation at the top of the screen, displaying the legislation search screen.
The upper half of the screen allows you to search for an act or a section of an act: it contains a variety of fields so that you can search by, for example, the name of the legislation, its year, etc.
The lower half of the screen allows you to browse, that is to look at the contents of the database (arranged in various ways which you can choose yourself). When you find a piece of legislation which is of interest to you, click over it.
When you have called the legislation to the screen, you will the act’s table of contents: each of the red text items is a live link and can be clicked over to take you to the appropriate section of the act. Take a look also at the blue column to the left of the screen, if you click over Legislation analysis you will be shown additional information about the legislation.