A Moot Court Handbook
Appendix Three: LexisNexis Shepard’s Citations and Westlaw’s KeyCite Citations
LexisNexis Shepard’s Citations and Westlaw’s KeyCite Citations
It is critical to your research that you know whether you are using “good” law that has not been overturned by another decision. Nothing can be more humiliating than extensively relying on a case, only to find out that it has been modified or, worse yet, overruled! Both of these “citator” services allow you to look up a case to find out if other cases have cited the one you are researching. You may also find that some cases cited by the services are also cases that assist you in formulating your argument. As a general rule, we suggest you rely on other primary and secondary sources to do the majority of your research, but then use the citator services to add to your informational base and to be sure that your case is current.
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