Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Tabs for Your Research Convenience on Lexis and Westlaw

Both LexisNexis and Westlaw offer tabs to help you customize your interface. It can put the sources you use most often at your fingertips.

Westlaw tabs look like this:

You can add a tab. Just look for the "Add a Tab" link on the right:

Then you can choose from sets of resources the West editors have put together for different jurisdictions, research tasks, and topics.

For instance, if you choose GLBT Practice, you find a list of relevant law journals, news sources, and sources for family law, employment law, and civil rights.

LexisNexis tabs look like this:

Well, that's what they probably look like for you right now. But LexisNexis is rolling out a new interface and soon they will look like this:

(We librarians got the new interface a little before students.) Either way, it's the same idea: a tab brings together relevant sources in one place to save you time wading through the menus. If you click on Add/Edit tabs, you can customize your account.

Try out the tabs LexisNexis and Westlaw offer -- you can make your research a little smoother.

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