Rename Westlaw Windows in Firefox to Provide Quicker Access

How many browser windows (or tabs) do you typically have open while using Westlaw? If you are like me, the answer to that question varies from 1 to as many as 15. The only problem with this is that when you are viewing some documents (cases especially) Westlaw names the windows “Find Result”. How can you tell your 15 documents apart? Previously, you couldn’t.

Today’s awesome tip is a script fresh from the factory. Westlaw Title renames your Westlaw browser windows, using the proper case name for court cases and the citation for other documents. …

Quickly Browse Lexis, Google, and Other Search Results within Firefox

How many times a day do you click links on web pages to browse to “Next” or “Previous” pages? Or, more appropriately, how many times a day to you search for something on the web? This includes using Lexis, Google, MSN, Windows Live, Yahoo, and Technorati. What about shopping on sites like Amazon or even browsing the online catalog of your local library? I’ll bet that you click “Next” and “Previous” several dozen (if not …

Firefox Extension Checks Spelling in Lexis, Westlaw, and Other Web Forms

How many times have you typed a misspelled word into Lexis or Westlaw? Do either of these companies refund search charges for typos or suggest the correct spelling? I think not. Enter SpellBound.

What is it?

SpellBound allows you to quickly and easily spell check any entry you make into a web form. This means that you will no longer misspell words in Lexis or Westlaw. Moreover, since SpellBound works with any web form, you can use it to check your spelling in search boxes, message board …

Bypass Westlaw’s Annoying Mini-Window

Anyone who has used Westlaw for online research has experienced the annoying mini-window that pops up when you click a link from within a case or statute. As Westlaw itself terms it, it is the “Link Viewer.” More aptly, the window is the “Research Annoyance.” Here is a quick and simple method of bypassing this window completely, allowing you to open links within cases in a regular new browser window (or tab).

Before you can use this easy trick, you must have two pieces of software installed on your computer: Firefox and the Greasemonkey extension. These tools form the basis for this quick fix. If you have never used Firefox, you definitely should check it out. It is much more secure and customizable than any other browser out there. Greasemonkey is an add-on for Firefox that lets you run user-written scripts, like the one I’m about to give you. :)

Law Libraries are Great, in Moderation

As finals approach, I imagine that many of my fellow students are spending an inordinate amount of time in their respective law libraries.  Aside from the social benefits that some people seem to find in the library, they can help with productivity as well.

A great article on the subject was just posted on My Shingle, which illustrates eight reasons solo practitioners should use law libraries.  My favorite two are numbers one and five: librarians and space.  I think these apply to everyone in the legal profession from law …

ScrapBook speeds up legal research

My first legal “tip” is about a nifty Firefox extension called ScrapBook. Not only will it speed up your legal research, but you can also use it for a myriad of other purposes.

First of all, I should mention that I am a die-hard Firefox fan. If you are not on the band wagon, you should hop on.

Back to ScrapBook. This extension (free plug-in module) allows you to save and edit any web page by selecting a simple option in your right-click context menu.

Here is quick feature list from the developer’s website:

Save Web page
Save snippet of Web …

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