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Westlaw Document Fields

You can limit your search using document fields to search only certain parts of a document - the party names, citation, synopsis, headnotes, digest, etc. The fields differ depending on the type of database you are searching. The purpose of using document fields is to save time and increase the relevance of your results.

To find the fields that are available for a specific database such as Arizona State Cases:

1. Click on the Advanced link.

2. Then, you will see the list of available fields in the database. To see the descriptions of the fields, click the little picture at the bottom of the screen.

3. By clicking on the help screen, you can see which part of documents is searched by each field.

Document Field Example

The purpose of using document fields is to save time and increase the relevance of your results.

Example

You are interested in Arizona cases about apparent authority. You decide that you want cases that discuss apparent authority in depth, so you decided to limit your search to the Synopsis field.

Here is what the Synopisis field searches:

Here is how to run a field search: