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Innocence Project Northwest Clinic--Miscellaneous Topics

Updated March 27, 2012.
Prepared by Cheryl Nyberg.

This guide is part of a series for students in Prof. Jackie McMurtrie's Innocence Project Northwest Clinic. Companion guides include:

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Eliminating Unpublished Cases

When you want to eliminate unpublished cases from a LexisNexis or Westlaw search, add the following elements to your terms and connectors search.

LexisNexis

"and not notice (unpublished)"

Example: Searching WA State Cases, Combined, on Feb. 24, 2006

"dna" retrieved 339 cases

"dna and not notice (unpublished)" retrieved 95 cases

"dna and notice (unpublished)" retrieved 244 cases

Westlaw

% no(unpublished)"

Click on the (scope information for the database) to see a complete list of fields and their contents available in the database.

Example: Searching WA-CS on Feb. 24, 2006

"dna" retrieved 345 cases

"dna % no(unpublished)" retrieved 87 cases

"dna & no(unpublished) retrieved 258 cases

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Historical Statutes

When you need to locate the text of a law that was in-force at some point in the past, refer to previous versions of the statutes in online and/or print sources.

Online

LexisNexis: Revised Code of Washington Archive from 1991.

Westlaw: Search the particular year needed. Washington Historical Statutes Annotated, from 1989. WA-STANN89, WA-STANN90, etc. When viewing a section in the current statutes, click on "Versions" link in the left navigation bar and select appropriate year. Search by terms and connections or statutory citation.

Print

Revised Code of Washington, previous editions. KFW30 1951 .A2 at Classified Stacks

West's Revised Code of Washington Annotated, superseded volumes. KFW30 1961 .B3 at Classified Stacks; superseded pocket parts at Special Collections Washington.

Other states: superseded volumes and editions shelved in the Compact Stacks under the same number (approximately) of current state codes.

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