In spring 2019 Westlaw UK introduced its new interface. Both the new product and the legacy product will be available via OneSearch until the end of July 2019 after which the legacy product will be discontinued. The personalisation features will not be migrated; if you use these, review your alerts and folders during the period of dual access and set them up within the new Westlaw UK.
The main differences between the platforms are:
The first time you log in to the new product you will need to register with your name and Lancaster email address.
This replaces creating a My Westlaw UK Profile and enables personalisation functionality for everyone.
International material including EU material is now available on a separate database called TR Westlaw, also listed on OneSearch. You can link through to EU material from Westlaw UK via the More tab, but not to material from other jurisdictions.
When you access TR Westlaw, the home page, as previously, lists international jurisdictions from the US perspective. To access US materials, click on the Thomson Reuters Westlaw logo at the top of the page.
You can add annotations to the top of documents using the tools on the right - select the New Annotation post it note symbol
Alternatively, create an inline note by highlighting text and clicking on the desired note colour
Practitioner texts included in our subscription can now be accessed via the Viewing drop-down at the top of the screen
Linking to documents is now available via permalinks - just click on the chain symbol to get the link
These links are useful for placing on Moodle - the Westlaw licence does not permit adding documents to Moodle - or for use in a Resource List. Students just need to click on Access through academic institution to sign in.
Legislation compare tool
Use this new feature to compare versions of the act showing both deleted and added text. Click on the Compare versions button,
then select the two versions for comparison to see the complete information
Westlaw's legal encyclopedia Insight, is now called Overviews.You can search all the Overviews from the Welcome Page by selecting it via the Options drop-down list.