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In July, 1997, West Group unveiled a major new citator product, KeyCite. This article examines both Shepard`s and KeyCite's process. The article considers marketing claims, and, using randomly selected cases, compares KeyCite with Shepard's. The article details how Shepard's and KeyCite prepare their respective products as well as evaluating the claims made as KeyCite entered the market. Readers of the article are cautioned that the author used Westlaw's version of Shepard's, which, while available in 1999, was not as current as the version which was on Lexis.

A modified version of this paper was published at 17 Legal Reference Services Quarterly 85-99 (1999).

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October 1999