It is very important for Law students to be able to use both Westlaw and Lexis comfortably. There are a lot of guides available to help you familiarise yourself with these databases.
In most cases, it is up to you! You may find it easier to use either one of the databases than the other. However, to do a comprehensive research, it is recommended to use both of them, as some contents are exclusive to Westlaw or Lexis. You may find it useful to have a look at the Quick Reference Comparison created by Institute of Advanced Legal Studies.
Westlaw and Lexis can be accessed either from the Library homepage or public search engines.
Here are some very short introductory videos on how to use Westlaw.
You can find various support materials including guides and videos on the Westlaw UK User Guides page (Login required). Here are some examples:
Here are some very short introductory videos on how to use Lexis.
You can also find various support materials including guides and videos on Lexis website. Here are some examples: