We all know where to find cases, statutes, etc. on Lexis and Westlaw, but there’s a whole lot more available on these systems. Things like treatises and other secondary sources can be very useful when writing research papers. The trick is to know how to find these useful resources. In Westlaw the place to go is to the Directory. The Directory link is found at the top of the main Westlaw research page and will allow you to keyword search through its list of thousands of resources.
In Lexis, look for “Find a Source” on the main Lexis research page. The function is similar to that of the Westlaw Directory, allowing you to search through Lexis’s vast resource list. Lexis recently improved “Find a Source” (as I blogged about here), which was welcome news.