ResultsPlus for Statutes Searching Now Available on Westlaw

Mar 29, 2004, 00:00 ET from West

    EAGAN, Minn., March 29 /PRNewswire/ -- Westlaw(R) now provides the
 industry's most complete and integrated tool for statutes research.  West, a
 Thomson business (NYSE:   TOC; Toronto), today announced that ResultsPlus, the
 powerful research assistance feature available only on Westlaw, has been
 expanded to statutes searches.  This new feature recommends additional
 relevant information resources, helping legal professionals quickly develop a
 thorough understanding of the issues they are researching.  "ResultsPlus
 pointed me to a helpful key number even when the search I ran didn't find any
 documents," said Heather Heath of Hughes, Watters, Askanase, LLP, in Houston.
     ResultsPlus, introduced to case law researchers in June 2003, points legal
 professionals to relevant articles from American Law Reports (ALR(R)) and
 American Jurisprudence (Am Jur(R)), and provides recommended key number
 queries to enhance the accuracy of research.  In 2004, West also added
 treatises as additional sources of information in ResultsPlus.  Currently five
 treatises are available on ResultsPlus -- American Jurisprudence Proof of
 Facts, American Jurisprudence Trials, Norton Bankruptcy Law and Practice 2d,
 Immigration Law Service and Employment Coordinator -- and 15 more will be
 added in April.  Each of these additional sources gives legal professionals
 the assurance that their research and understanding of the legal issues
 involved in their case is complete.
     "Expanding ResultsPlus to include statutes searching further demonstrates
 the superiority of statutes research on Westlaw," said Mike Dahn, director,
 Technology Product Development, West.  "The combination of ResultsPlus with
 StatutesPlus, our market-leading tool for online statutes research, provides
 researchers with the best methods to quickly home in on the essence of a
 statutory issue.  The result is more thorough research accomplished in less
     ResultsPlus relies on information research technologies developed by
 West's technology engineers.  These technologies were originally developed to
 assist West's attorney-editors in classifying legal documents to the more than
 100,000 topics and categories of the West Key Number System(R).  This CaRE
 technology (Categorization and Routing Engine) uses patent-pending processes
 to analyze and understand the information characteristics of documents.
 ResultsPlus uses information generated by these unique processes to develop
 highly sophisticated queries that automatically are run against relevant
 analytical materials.  For legal professionals, this means search results that
 reflect the context of a broader base of on-point primary and analytical law
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