Checking a Document in KeyCite Using a Citation Template

KeyCite is the citation research service from West. Using KeyCite, you can quickly determine whether a case, statute, administrative decision, or federal regulation is good law and find cases and other sources that cite it.

A citation template can help you enter the citation you want to check in the correct format:

  1. At the Home page, click Check a Citation Using a KeyCite Template.

  2. Identify the specific template for the citation you want to check in KeyCite. To view templates for a specific jurisdiction, select an option from the drop-down list and click GO.

    For example, under Federal Cases, the template with the abbreviation S.Ct. is the template for Supreme Court Reporter citations.

  3. For cases, type the volume number and page number in the text boxes next to the abbreviation. For statutes, type the title, section, or chapter number in the text boxes.

    For example, if you want to check the U.S. Supreme Court case at 106 S. Ct. 2399, type 106 in the text box before S.Ct. and 2399 in the text box after it. If you want to check the section of the United States Code Annotated at 28 U.S.C.A 1291, type 28 in the text box before U.S.C.A. and 1291 in the text box after it.

  4. If you are not already registered or signed on, you will be prompted to do so.

The KeyCite result for the document you requested is displayed. When applicable, KeyCite status flags are displayed next to documents in the KeyCite result. You can click these flags to view the KeyCite results for those documents also. See KeyCite Status Flags for details.

To view the full text of a document in your KeyCite result, click its hypertext link.

From your KeyCite result you can do the following:

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