Westlaw Edge Feature Update: Regulations Compare
This week, Legal Current puts the spotlight on how customer feedback shaped last year’s Westlaw Edge launch and how listening to customers continues to inform the enhancements Thomson Reuters has added to the platform in the past 12 months.
We explored how customers helped strengthen Litigation Analytics, and today we’ll look at Regulations Compare. The addition of Regulations Compare is helping legal professionals keep up with the tens of thousands of changes that are made each year to federal regulations.
The feature lets users see the most recent changes to a federal regulation and compare any two versions going back to 2005, saving significant time by eliminating the arduous task of manually comparing historical versions of the Federal Register. Additions to a regulation are indicated by highlighting, and deletions are indicated by red strikethrough.
It’s similar to the Statutes Compare feature, which launched as part of the initial Westlaw Edge rollout, and allows users to investigate the evolution of a statute. Within both Statutes Compare and Regulations Compare, researchers can simply navigate to the next and previous change within the document.
“Our customers have emphasized that they value the ease of use and time-savings that our Statutes Compare and Regulations Compare tools provide,” said Becky Aanning, head of Codes Compare Development for Westlaw Edge.
A sign of the popularity of the Statutes Compare and Regulations Compare features is the recognition they received from the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL), which honored Statutes Compare and Regulations Compare on Westlaw Edge as its 2019 New Product Award winner.
AALL’s New Product Award honors new commercial information products that enhance or improve existing law library services or procedures – or products that improve access to legal information, the legal research process, or procedures for the technical processing of library materials.
Thomson Reuters will be recognized for the honor at the 2019 AALL annual meeting next week in Washington, D.C.