| Feb 13, 2015
Courthouse Libraries BC continues to be dedicated to keeping you current with legal information. So we're very pleased to announce that we have rolled out WestlawNext Canada throughout the province. We've offered LawSource, CriminalSource and Criminal Spectrum in our libraries for quite some time, and WestlawNext is the new platform that combines these three resources in to one powerful finding tool. This is definitely a better version - a true upgrade. The biggest difference is the breadth of one's search. In the older version, one had to select a particular database to search. Now you can run a plain language search (or with terms and connectors) across the entire WestlawNext platform. The results are organized in a terrific overview screen that allows you to quickly identify the content you need:
As we've said before, one of our passions is ensuring that the most number of people get access to the greatest number of legal resources in the most cost effective way possible. With WestlawNext, we can offer comprehensive case law and legislation (with a simple note-up feature), the Canadian Encyclopedic Digest, and leading texts with up-to-the-minute commentary and analysis.
On Wednesday, March 4th we are hosting the webinar WestlawNext: New Look and Content!
Join us from 12:30 to 1:30 during which Allison Bale of Thomson Reuters will help demonstrate some of what Westlaw now has to offer. Some of the features we plan to explore include using the many Texts and Annotations found in CriminalSource, ways of optimizing your search results, using Keycite alerts, and accessing pre-prepared legal memoranda. Participants in this course may claim up to 1 hour of CPD credits. You can register for the webinar here
In the past, the library was not able to keep print copies of all the important criminal texts current in every location. Now, criminal practitioners will have access to the latest updates, no matter which library you use. CriminalSource now includes the texts that were once part of CriminalSpectrum, making for a pretty impressive collection:
We've also created a short video
to show you how easy it is to search leading Canadian criminal texts in CriminalSource. Specifically, we use a particular scenario to find commentary and caselaw in Canadian Criminal Procedure by Salhany.
We continue to adapt our services and collection to ensure you have the best legal information at your fingertips. With WestlawNext Canada, we're reaching more clients than ever before.