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Online Guide to Using KeyCite http://slisweb.sjsu.edu/resources/westlaw/keycite.pdf
What is KeyCite? KeyCite is the citation service available on Westlaw. You can use KeyCite to view the history of a case, statute, administrative decision, or regulation to help determine whether it is good law and to retrieve citing references.
What Can Be Searched in KeyCite? Case law Statutory citations Regulations Constitutional provisions Court rules Agency decisions Restatements Law review articles U.S. patents
How to Access KeyCite From the Directory Page of Westlaw Use Find to retrieve a specific citation Link to document from search results Open KeyCite.
KeyCite from Westlaw Opening Page
Find by Citation
KeyCite Find Box
Find Using a Template When you do not know the citation format.
Elements of a KeyCite Report KeyCite Summary Prior History (Direct history) Citing Decisions
KeyCite Status Flags for Cases
Full History (Prior, Direct H istory)
Direct history (Graphical view)
Direct History (Graphical View)
Procedural and Substantive Cites
Analytical Treatment by Citing Cases- Treatment Notations Affirmed: On appeal, reconsideration, or rehearing, the citing case affirms or adheres to the reasoning employed by the cited case. Followed: The citing case relies on the cited as controlling or persuasive authority
Analytical Treatment Continued Criticized: The citing case criticizes some aspect of the cited case, although the citing court may not have the authority to affect its precedential value Questioned: The citing case questions the continuing validity or precedential value of the cited case because of intervening circumstances, such as judicial or legislative overruling.
Analytical Treatment Continued Overruled: The citing case overrules all or part of the cited case Reversed: On appeal, reconsideration, or rehearing, the citing case reverses the cited case.
Analytical Treatment Continued Explained: The citing case explains or interprets the reasoning or holding of the cited case. Distinguished: The citing case differs from the cited case in either fact situation or legal issue.
Depth of Treatment Stars and Quotation Marks
How to Limit Citing References Results From any results screen, click on Limit KeyCite Display.
Restricting Citing References: Limit by Headnote Limit by Locate Limit by Jurisdiction Limit by Date Limit by Document Type Limit by Depth of Treatment or Combination(s) of above
Limit by Document Type
Limit by Headnote
Limit by Locate
Limit by Date
Limit by Date Range
Limit by Jurisdiction
Limit by Depth of Treatment
Results of Limit by Several Criteria
Table of Authorities The Table of Authorities lists the cases cited by a case. It is a useful tool for finding hidden weaknesses in a case because it not only lists the cases on which your case relies but also shows whether those cases have significant negative history.
Click on Table of Authorities
Table of Authorities with Treatment Signals for each Case
Elements of KeyCite Report for Statutes KeyCite Summary Prior History (Direct history) Citing Decisions
KeyCite Status Flags for Statutes
KeyCite Summary for Statutes
Repealed by Court
Decision - Section of Statute Unconstitutional
History of Statute
Citing References to Statutes
Citing References Arranged by Topic
Limits for Statutes by Topic
Statute with Red Flag
Methods of Delivery Print Save to Flash Drive
Print - Click on the Circled Printer
Documents must be in PDF Click on Page Options to Print All or Parts of the Document
PDF of Document Appears on Screen Click the Printer Icon on Left
Reference Desk is the Default Printer Choose What is to be Printed
To Save to Flash Drive Click on Print Icon to Left Then Click Print to File