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Westlaw (Australia) Guide - Homepage overview

Last Published: January 16, 2020

This guide provides an overview of the Westlaw homepage when you first login and details various icons you will find within Westlaw. 

  1. Region – Choose from Australia, Asia, Canada, China, New Zealand, UK, US, or Global regions. *
  2. Client ID – Enter an ID to track time spent on a project or client research.
  3. History – Access your research history for the last 12 months.
  4. Folders – View all content saved within folders.
  5. Favourites – View and organise your favourites.
  6. Alerts – View and manage your alerts.
  7. Profile settings – View or change your Westlaw preferences and your OnePass profile or sign out.
  8. Sign out.
  9. Global search bar – Search in this bar using natural language, terms and connectors, or a citation.
  10. Search tips – Shows the full list of Boolean Terms & Connectors.
  11. Advanced search – A search form to conduct detailed search queries.
    The advanced search form changes depending on the Westlaw page you are accessing.
  12. Browse pane – Navigate content and resources within Westlaw via content types, practice areas, or tool.
  13. Custom pages – Create and access Custom Pages with frequently-used content.
  14. NewsRoom/News from Reuters – Articles showcasing insight and legal analysis from current news sources.
    Click View All News to access NewsRoom. *

* Depends on subscription



Where can I see it? 

What does it mean? 


Top right-hand corner of screen.

Change the Client ID for your research, edit your profile/preferences, or sign out.


Top-left of a practice area/topic page.

Add this page to your favourites for quick and easy access.


Right of individual search results.

You have viewed this document in the last 30 days with the same Client ID.


Top-right of search results.

Change the level of detail shown in results: less, more, most.


Top-left of a practice area/topic page.

To make this your start page.


Right-hand toolbar.

Search text within your document.


Right-hand toolbar.

Customise your display option; show the KeyCite status for citations within the document.


Right-hand toolbar.

Add note/view annotations.


Right-hand toolbar.

Save to your folder.


Right-hand toolbar.

Email, print, or download.


Above the right-hand toolbar.

View in full screen mode.

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