Friday, January 27, 2006

Searching for Ohio Cases by District

One of the most frequent questions asked of our reference librarians is how to limit searches on Westlaw or Lexis to a single Ohio appellate district.

To do this in Westlaw, use the Preliminary field (PR) in terms and connector searching and use the number of the appellate district as your search term. So, to find only 10th District Cases, add PR(tenth) as a search term. This isn't perfect- it may find uses of the word "tenth" in other areas, but it is the best way to do this.

In Lexis, use the Court segment the same way. So, to find only 4th District Cases, add Court(fourth) as a search term.

[Post written by Sara Sampson]

[Ohio, Ohio Caselaw]