Westlaw contains the full-text of a variety of legal information:
American Jurisprudence (aka AmJur, a legal encyclopedia)
American Law Reports
When you use Basic Search, you enter a description of your issue using plain English. Your results display the documents that have the greatest likelihood of matching the concepts in your search, without regard to the date of the document. If you want to limit your result to recent documents, simply add a date restriction. You retrieve a maximum of 100 documents using Basic Search. NOTE: You can NOT use Boolean limiters or truncation when doing a Basic Search.
Advanced Search lets you create a more precise search by using the Boolean AND, OR, and NOT connectors. When you use Advanced Search to search for documents that have specific dates, such as news articles and cases, the documents in your result are ranked by date and are displayed in reverse chronological order (i.e., the most recent document is displayed first). With Advanced Search, you retrieve all documents that meet your search criteria.
KeySearch is a research tool that helps you find cases and secondary sources within a specific area of the law. KeySearch guides you through the selection of terms from a classification system based on the West Key Number System and then uses the key numbers and their underlying concepts to run a query, which was created by a West attorney-editor, for you. Click Go under KeySearch and follow the on-screen directions.
How the Topic and Key Number System Works
The Topic and Key Number System is a big outline or index that works like this:
To use KeySearch
To KeyCite a Document