Add Term Emphasis to Your Westlaw Search with the Caret ^ Symbol

carrot A new search feature in Westlaw gives you the ability to put emphasis on an important term in your search. You add emphasis to a search term by adding the caret (^) symbol to the end of the term. You can use the caret in the main search box or in Search Within Results. An example of a search is:

liability /p (park^ or recreation or camp!)

This would place the emphasis on the term “park” and your results will be somewhat different if you run the search with or without the caret.

You can read more about Search Term Emphasis in the Search Tips document that you’ll find linked to the right of the main search box in Westlaw.

Find the caret symbol above the 6 key on a standard qwerty keyboard. Not to be confused with the carrot.