Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Quick Tip: MCLE Tables of Contents on WestlawNext

Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) publications are go-to resources when I am researching questions of Massachusetts law. They are accessible electronically through WestlawNext, Lexis Advance, and Bloomberg Law.

In WestlawNext, the MCLE publications come without a table of contents feature. With most treatises on WestlawNext, selecting the title opens a table of contents created by Westlaw. 

 

But selecting an MCLE title opens an advanced search form. No table of contents is to be seen.

  
The table of contents feature may be missing from WestlawNext's MCLE publications, but the table of contents itself is not. The MCLEs still have the tables of contents with which they were published. But how to access those tables of contents?

The answer lies in knowing that the table of contents is there. The table of contents is contained in the text of the publication itself. On WestlawNext, each chapter of an MCLE publication is stored as a separate document. Westlaw treats the table of contents like a chapter and stores it as a document with the title "Table of Contents." So to access the table of contents for an MCLE publication, all you have to do is search that publication for "table of contents." The table of contents will show up at the top of the search results.

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