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West's Unofficial Purdon's PA Statutes Available Free on the Internet

Access to unofficial PA statutes is now possible, due to an agreement between Thomson West and the Pennsylvania Legislative Reference Bureau. To access the resource, go to the Pennsylvania General Assembly site located at, and under Law Information, select the Unofficial Purdon's Pennsylvania Statutes from West link.

WebPlus: West's New Legal Search Engine

To help legal researchers in their quest to find the most relevant legal information on the Web, Thomson has been developing and beta testing a new legal Web search engine called Westlaw WebPlus. Westlaw WebPlus complements Westlaw by filtering your search through authoritative Web sites selected by West attorney-editors. While you use Westlaw WebPlus, your Westlaw transaction charges are suspended. For a quick demo, please click Westlaw WebPlus.

Nutshells and Hornbooks Meet the Digital Age

Now researchers can search nutshells on Westlaw. More than 100 titles are due to be loaded to Westlaw in the coming months. Hornbooks, too!  If you need more citations and a more thorough discussion of a practice area, you can turn to a hornbook. More than two dozen titles from the West hornbook Series will be available on Westlaw in the near future. To see the titles currently available on Westlaw, type nutshell or hornbook on the Directory page.

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