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Terms & Connectors: Westlaw

A guide to Boolean search commands in WestlawNext, Lexis Advance, and Bloomberg Law

Terms & Connectors - WestlawNext

OPERATOR

EXAMPLE

DESCRIPTION

!

object!

Search for words with multiple endings

*

jur*r

Search for words with variable characters

/p

hearsay /p utterance

The search terms must appear in the same paragraph

+p

ti(burke +p burke)

The first search term must precede the second term in the same paragraph

/s

design /s defect

Search terms must appear in the same sentence

+s

attorney +s fee

The first search term must precede the second term in the same sentence

/n

personal /3 jurisdiction

Search terms must appear within n terms of each other, where n is a number from 1 to 255

+n

elena +2 kagan

The first search term must precede the second term by n terms, where n is a number from 1 to 255

AND (&)

narcotics & warrant

Retrieve documents containing two or more search terms anywhere in the document

OR (space)

attorney lawyer counsel

Search for alternative terms

BUT NOT (%)

“multiple chemical sensitivity” % to(413)

Exclude documents that contain certain terms

atleastx

atleast5(malpractice)

Search term must appear in the results at least x number of times