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How to Pinpoint Recent Digital Updates to NCLC Treatises

  • Red flags in the digital table of contents indicate significant law changes within the last six months.

    Click on chapters and then sections with red flags to find the subsection with the significant law changes.

  • Blue flags in the digital table of contents indicate material very recently added to the digital edition .

    Click on chapters and then sections with blue flags to find the subsection with the very recently added material.

  • Click on "Highlight Updates" at the top of a page to see highlighted in green all changes to the digital edition since the print edition.

    This also displays in {curly brackets} the print footnote number corresponding to the footnote found in the digital version.

  • Click here for an current list of chapters updated digitally. For a list of current print editions, click here.
  • Search Tips

    Caution: Search differs from Westlaw or Lexis, both in use of terms and connectors and in approach, sacrificing some precision to be more forgiving in search selections, finding certain variations of the search term.

    You can use the Search, Index, Table of Contents, or Advanced Pleadings Search to find what you are looking for quickly and easily.

    Helpful Search Connectors

    • default judgment finds pages (typically sub-subsections) containing both terms.
    • “default judgment” finds pages containing the exact phrase
    • default or judgment finds pages containing either term.
    • default -judgment finds pages containing default but not judgment.
    • “default judgment” ~10 finds default within 10 words of judgment.
    • te?t finds test and text-- ? can be replaced by any ONE character.
    • test* finds test, tests, tester, testament, etc.

    An alternative and simpler way to do complex searches is to select "Multi-Word Search" above the search box. A form will guide you through common complex searches.

    Filtering/Narrowing Search Results

    • You can opt to see search results ordered either by relevance or by section number. Simply select your preference in the upper-right of the search results.
    • Choosing "Selected Treatises" and then one or more treatises will narrow results just to those treatises.
    • Narrow results to those found just within chapters, appendices, primary sources, pleadings, or practice tools.
    • Selecting "New Content Only" displays only subsections containing updates since the last print revision.

    Advanced Pleadings Search

    Found above the search box, provides special options to search for pleadings and discovery. In addition to a standard search box, there are three drop down menus allowing the option to look for pleadings by type, subject, and/or legal claim. Select one or more items from one or more dropdowns and search will look for pleadings meeting all selected criteria.

    Searching Within a Page

    Use Control-F (or Command-F for Mac) to search within a page (subsection) on the screen.

    Searching Within a Table of Contents or Index

    Enter a search term in the box at the top of any table of contents or index to find locations where that term appears in that table of contents or index. The table of contents also include flags to quickly pinpoint just updated sections (blue flags) and significant law changes (red flags).

    Searching Within a Chapter

    Open a page within the required chapter, and then from the dropbox to the right of the search box, select "this chapter." Search results will be limited to the chapter corresponding to the page on the screen.

    Displaying New Developments

    • Red flags before a table of contents entry lead one to a subsection with significant law changes.
    • Blue flags before a table of contents entry lead one to a subsection with very recently revised text.
    • Selecting “highlight updates” at the top of a page will highlight all material added to the site since the most recent print revision.
    • Selecting "highlight updates" will also include an additional footnote number in curly brackets indicating the corresponding footnote number in the printed book—only if it is different from the online footnote number. For example, 320 {314} indicates that note 314 in the print edition is now found at note 320 of the online version.


    You can copy any material online and paste it into a document. If a right click does not show a "copy" option, use Control C (or Command C for Mac users). If text is highlighted, and you wish to copy all or some of the highlighted text, you must first select the text to be copied.

    Jumping Between Footnote References and Footnotes

    On long pages, you can avoid scrolling to the bottom of the page to view footnotes. Clicking on the footnote reference in the text opens a "lightbox" displaying the footnotes. Exiting the lightbox returns you to where you were in the text.

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