Find out whether photocopying, interlibrary loan, and related services
are billed to clients before using such services.
Make sure you understand your employer's billing arrangement with
Lexis and Westlaw.
Use cost effective techniques on Lexis and Westlaw such as planning
alternative searches before logging on; choosing the smallest appropriate
database; using Find or Get a Document for a known citation instead
of running a search; taking advantage of Locate and Focus to narrow
broad searches; using segment and field searching; and using the History
and Research Trail functions to return to prior searches instead of
Don't spend a lot of time on one source or approach if you aren't
getting results. Know how to vary your strategy if your first plan isn't
If you are bogged down or confused about the path your research is
taking, check in with your assigning attorney for clarification. It's
better to ask than to spend hours on the wrong track.