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Volume 18, Issue 6 — June 2001
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West Group Unveils Enhancements

West Group, a provider of e-information and solutions to the U.S. legal market, has announced that Westlaw Wireless, the wireless version of, now provides full-text wireless access to virtually all Westlaw and West Legal Directory content. The company also announced the release of Most Cited Cases, a new research tool available on

Westlaw Wireless Enhancements
With the new release of Westlaw Wireless, users can find a document, KeyCite a citation, and search Westlaw databases using both natural language and Terms and Connectors (Boolean) search methods. Westlaw Wireless also offers expanded access to West Legal Directory content, including options to find an attorney, firm, courthouse, or legal professional by name or location.

"For the first time, the full text of virtually all American law will be available on devices that fit into a purse or shirt pocket," said Denis Hauptly, West Group’s vice president of technology development. "This step once again illustrates West Group’s commitment to providing legal researchers with the most cutting-edge technology and comprehensive content available."

The earlier version of Westlaw Wireless allowed users to retrieve headnotes and case synopses or to e-mail the full document to any non-wireless e-mail account. Now, when wireless users access, they have the option to view full-text content (in 5K increments) directly on a hand-held device—including the full text of cases, statutes, regulations, and news periodicals—or to send the results of a search to one or more e-mail addresses.

Most Cited Cases
Most Cited Cases allows researchers to find seminal cases for a particular point of law. After finding a document on, researchers can click on a Most Cited Cases link on the desired West headnote that is on-point, and a list of cases most often cited for that point of law is provided. In addition to cases, the results list may also include additional references when available, such as ALR, AmJur, law reviews, and other secondary sources that discuss the legal proposition.

"The practical problem researchers face is to identify the strongest possible supporting case authority for a legal proposition in a document they’re drafting," said Forrest Rhoads, West Group’s vice president of legal product development. "Most Cited Cases makes this task considerably easier. With a single click, researchers can see the cases which are most cited on a given legal concept as defined by the West Topic and Key Number System. This makes it simple for advocates to back up their points with the most solid authority."

Most Cited Cases utilizes the West Key Number System, headnotes, and KeyCite to provide researchers with thorough results. Westlaw identifies the most cited cases by Key Number and sorts them based on the number of times a case is cited for the issue discussed in the headnote classified to that Key Number.

Researchers can modify their Most Cited Cases results list by selecting a jurisdiction, topic, or date, or by adding a search term. KeyCite flags are included in the list of cases most often cited so researchers can view case history and citing references.

Source: West Group, Eagan, MN, 800/328-7990;

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