|West Group, a provider of e-information and solutions to the U.S. legal
market, has announced the release of KeySearch, a new online-research tool.
The company has also announced the addition of non-U.S. public and private
company information to the Company Profiles database of business and information
reports on its Westlaw online research service. West Group has also announced
that it will offer online subscription services within Westlaw.
An addition to westlaw.com, West Groupís Web-based research platform,
KeySearch brings Westís Key Number System and the knowledge of West Groupís
top research attorneys together in one tool.
To use KeySearch, researchers first point and click their way through
a well-organized list of legal topics and subtopics. They can then choose
the sources they want to search: reported cases, unreported cases, or analytical
law sources. KeySearch then gives researchers an expertly formulated query
containing a combination of topics, key numbers, and underlying terms.
Users simply need to click Search to retrieve on-point results.
"KeySearch carries the pedigree of more than 125 years of West Group
editorial excellence," said Forrest Rhoads, vice president of legal product
development at West Group. "Researchers will discover to their surprise
and delight that KeySearch puts the full power of the only time-tested
legal-classification systemóthe Topic and Key Number Systemóat their ready
disposal. KeySearch is proof positive that the blending of careful editorial
analysis with sophisticated technology is the winning combination."
Nearly 90,000 non-U.S. company profiles have been added to the existing
300,000 U.S. company reports in the Company Profiles databaseóa content
increase of nearly 25 percent. These non-U.S. profiles include both public
and private companies, with a majority of the coverage on privately held
companies for which information has traditionally been difficult to find.
Editors and business researchers in the subject country compile the data
for the global collection. This localized coverage ensures that the editors
and researchers have close knowledge of the companies, countries, and markets.
"In keeping with our commitment to customer-centric product development,
the addition of international business content was based primarily on feedback
from our customers," said Marilee Winiarski, West Groupís senior director
of strategic licensing and Westnews product development. "Our Company Profile
reports are beneficial to large law firms as well as international litigators
and business practitioners because they contain accurate reference information.
The reports help our customers gain valuable insight into a companyís corporate
and financial status, products and brands, activities, branches, and subsidiaries,
as well as locate key decision makers within the company."
The content in the Company Profiles database is supplied by Graham &
Whiteside, a division of Gale Group (http://www
The collection includes the following public and private companies:
Company Profile reports cost $35 each and are available to Westlaw subscribers.
More than 34,000 European
Nearly 8,000 Middle Eastern
More than 13,000 Far Eastern
More than 9,000 Commonwealth of Independent States (former countries of
the Soviet Union)
More than 9,000 Latin American
More than 6,000 African
Approximately 5,000 Southwest Asian
Westlaw Subscription Services
West Groupís new Web-based enhancements allow attorneys to search,
price, and order flat-rate Westlaw subscriptions online.
"For the first time, attorneys will be able to purchase a new subscription
and start researching on Westlaw within minutes of accessing the Web,"
said Mike Milkovich, senior director of e-commerce for West Group. "This
is the quickest and easiest access to Westlaw, and it is now available
24 hours a day, 7 days a week."
New searching options will help attorneys identify the Westlaw plan
that meets their practice needs. Choices include flat-rate, annual subscription
plans for 200 Westlaw products. Popular products like Nortonís on Bankruptcy,
West Forms, and KeyCite are offered, in addition to jurisdictional subscription
These Web-based enhancements are available for both new and existing
Westlaw subscribers. New subscribers will receive an instant password to
Westlaw via e-mail, and they can start researching on Westlaw within minutes.
Current subscribers can use the Internet to purchase additional Westlaw
content, and access that new content after midnight the same day.
Alternatively, researchers can continue to purchase Westlaw subscriptions
through their local West Group sales representative. "West Group is committed
to increasing the ease of accessing Westlaw, and with this new online offering,
subscribers can choose the purchasing method that best fits their needs,"
Source: West Group, Eagan, MN, 800/328-7990; http://www.westgroup.com.