CiteGenie
Automagically copy text with correct citations from Westlaw, Lexis, and other websites.*

"We cannot impress too strongly upon counsel in all cases the importance to us of correct citations." Hughes v. Wyatt, 125 N.W. 334, 336 (Iowa 1910).

There are a few differences when CiteGenie is used on different services:

Type of document Westlaw WestlawNext
Lexis
Case law see below
see below see below
Statutes and regulations
no significant differences no significant differences no significant differences
Law Journals Citation may include article titles, but no author name
Author and title
No author or article titles
Secondary Sources
such as ALR
Citation may include article titles Citation may include article titles No article titles

If you see a trend here, it is that CiteGenie can not reliably determine the title of an article in a law review or secondary source such as ALR, when using Lexis. We hope to improve this as new versions are released.

In addition, there are some more specific differences in CiteGenie's performance on the different services when processing case law:

Feature
Notes
Concurring and dissenting
opinion detection
Lexis clearly identifies dissenting and concurring opinions, so detection by CiteGenie is a little more reliable in Lexis than in Westlaw.
Case titles
Lexis often truncates long titles, adding "etc."  In Westlaw GiteGenie generally can find the longer, untruncated title.
Pinpoints
Lexis has pinpoints for more reporters than Westlaw.
Capitalization of case titles
Lexis appears to have processed some titles in ways that resulted in improper capitalization (see 513 U.S. 88) and CiteGenie can generally not correct these types of capitalization errors, but for commonly used acronyms, they can be corrected by adding them to your supplemental abbreviations (i.e. replace "Fec" with "FEC").
Paragraph numbers
Lexis is more consistent with its presentation of paragraph numbers, and thus they are slightly more reliably obtained by CiteGenie in Lexis than in Westlaw.
Uncommon and obsolete court names
CiteGenie is programmed to handle the vast majority of court names used in all state and federal court opinions (more are added with each new version).  However, there are a few uncommon and obsolete court names that CiteGenie does not know about.  In such cases, it will use the court name as presented by Lexis or Westlaw.  Lexis generally does better in providing a Bluebook compliant court name for those courts than Westlaw.
Acronyms in Case Titles
Lexis will more frequently use acronyms for party names ("FEC" rather than "Federal Election Commission").  The user-defined supplemental abbreviations in CiteGenie can be used to make use of such acronyms more consistent if the user wishes.
Adversary proceedings
Adversary proceeding citations (e.g. some bankruptcy cases) covered by Rule 10.2.1(a) can be complex.  In Westlaw, CiteGenie does well and provides both the adversary and non-adversary case titles per the rule in most cases.  In Lexis, only the non-adversary title is available.



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