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Three short videos with tips about using Westlaw for tax research

Via Mary Whisner, Librarian, Public Services, UW School of Law:  “To support Scott Schumacher’s Tax Writing course, I made three short videos with tips about using Westlaw for tax research.  I’m sharing with you because the tips would be handy for any tax researcher, not just those who are in Scott’s class—and in fact, some of them would be useful for researchers who aren’t at all interested in tax, because Westlaw features are Westlaw features.

  • Westlaw for Tax Research: Make It Your OwnHow can you keep track of the resources you use all the time? This video shows you how to make a Westlaw page your start page, how to save favorites, and how to create a custom page. (In the video, we use tax as an example, but you can do this with any subject!) (5:20)
  • Westlaw for Tax Research: The Code!The Internal Revenue Code is central in all federal tax research. This video demonstrates using the I.R.C. in Westlaw. Did you know you can use either the United States Code Annotated edition or the edition from RIA’s United States Tax Reporter? Each has its own editorial features. The video also shows how to use Westlaw’s “compare versions” feature. (8:58)
  • Westlaw for Tax Research: KeyCite – Citators track what documents cite a given document. They help you determine the weight of authority by showing you if it’s been affected by later developments–e.g., if a case has been overruled or a statute has been amended. They unlock the door to cases and secondary sources that cite your document. This video illustrates citator features by using Westlaw’s KeyCite for tax documents. (9:01)
  • These videos join our growing library of videos with tips on research and Bluebooking.”

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