A few recent announcements from Westlaw:
Goodbye Classic For All Segments:
Westlaw Classic was officially sunsetted in all segments nationwide on July 31, 2015. Westlaw Classic was discontinued in the Academic segment on July 1, 2014.
Cloud Delivery Now Available With Dropbox
WestlawNext now allows you to save your files directly into your personal or business Dropbox accounts while researching. You will find Dropbox as an option when you use the document delivery at the top of the legal document you are viewing. Dropbox is a private, cloud storage service offering free and pay subscriptions. A separate subscription is required.
West Academic Online Study Aids
Effective July 1st, the first time a student clicks on the Online Study Aids (SAS) link they will be prompted to setup a West Academic account (example below) and sign in. The account creation process is quick and easy, and a wizard will guide them through the process. This is a one-time process, and when completed, a student will use their OnePass to log into http://www.lawschool.westlaw.com and seamlessly enter the SAS homepage as they have in the past.
It’s good news that Classic is gone for all segments. When it was discontinued for Academic accounts last summer but not for professional accounts, I worried that if an extern or recent graduate was sent to a firm, for example, that was still using Classic, it would be very hard to assist them with research help.
As to the Dropbox integration, I have been using Dropbox to deliver faculty research this spring, and it is a wonderful tool. I love that is has been integrated into Westlaw’s functionality.
West Academic recently split from Thomson Reuters, which is the cause of the additional account creation. It sounds like after students create the West Academic account, it should work seamlessly with their OnePass.