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American Law Reports (ALR): Using American Law Reports (ALR) Online

A guide to using the American Law Reports (ALR) resource for law students, graduates, and members of the public.

ALR Online Guide

Introduction

American Law Reports (ALRs) contain annotations (articles) that cover a variety of specific legal issues in more depth than traditional legal encyclopedias, such as AmJur or CJS.


1. From the TTU Law Library home page, select "Westlaw"


2. On the Westlaw home page, users may locate American Law Report (ALR) content through two major avenues: (1) A natural language or boolean terms and connectors search using the search bar at the top of the screen and (2) "clicking-through" provides links.


3. Method 1 - Natural Language/Boolean Search Terms and Connectors: Using the search box provided at the top of the screen users may narrow results to ALR content or use preliminary search terms to generate results and then narrow the results. Once Westlaw populates result terms, the left-side column titled "View" will display document types, select "Secondary Sources." From the expansive list of secondary sources, "ALR" is under the "Publication Type" filter. Select the radio box next to "ALR" and select "Apply Filters." This is populate a list of ALR content related to the preliminary seearch terms located in the Westlaw Search Box.



4. Method 2 - From the Westlaw home page, select "Secondary Sources." Westlaw will populate a general list of secondary sources organized "By Type," "By State," amd "By Topic." Under "By Type," select "American Law Reports."


5. Next, Westlaw will populate a list of "Topics" following the structure ALR volumes. For this exercise we use "Admiralty & Maritime." Westlaw will generate a list of the 10 most recent articles published under that category. To search within that category, perform a natural language or boolean terms and connectors search using the search bar at the top of the screen. Note: Westlaw tracks the "click-through" path: Secondary Source < American Law Reports < Admiralty & Maritime.


Introduction

American Law Reports (ALRs) contain annotations (articles) that cover a variety of specific legal issues in more depth than traditional legal encyclopedias, such as AmJur or CJS.


1. From the TTU Law Library home page, select "Lexis Advance"


From the Lexis Advance home page, users may perform a natural language or boolean terms and connectors search or "click through" ordered links. Either route, however, requires users to employ a natural language or boolean terms and connectors search at some point during the search. Therefore, this guide will illustrate the "click-through" method, but note that users can perform a natural language or boolean terms and connectors search at any time by using the search bot located on the top of the page.

2. From the Lexis Advance home page, select "Secondary Materials." Under the "Federal" heading of Lexis' collection of secondary materials, select "American Law Reports (ALR)". 



3. Lexis will populate a natural language or boolean search terms and connectors search page. From there, users may perform relevant search for content. Lexis will generate pertinent search results that users may narrow using the categories provided on the left-side of the screen.


 

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Westlaw & Lexis Advance Boolean Terms & Connectors