On August 24, Words & Phrases became available as a separate searchable database. The database identifier is WORDS-PHRASES.
Prior to August 24, 2009, customers could only view Words & Phrases content by running a WP field search in caselaw or statutes databases. Also, Words & Phrases entries were only available from published cases with Westlaw headnotes.
Searching the WORDS-PHRASES database more closely matches the experience of practitioners who are used to consulting the print publication. Plus, the new WORDS-PHRASES database adds over 70,000 new entries which include entries from unpublished cases and from cases without headnotes. Cases are analyzed back to 1658 and the earliest definition is from a case dated 1781.
Field searching using the WP field in statutes or caselaw databases will still be available.