October 4, 2005
Westlaw Drops Wall Street Journal Database
Have you noticed that Westlaw no longer has a database of full-text Wall Street Journal articles? Neither does Lexis. I am very annoyed by this as I frequently used the database for research. I called West looking for an explanation, but the person I talked to had none, although she did point out that Westlaw does have a WSJ abstract database. Whoopity doo!
If you have a print WSJ subscription, as I do, you can do a free full-text search at wsj.com. But to access an article over 90 days old you have to pay $2.95, the search engine is not as sophisticated, and I do not think the database goes back as far. I suspect WSJ figured it could make more money through its own website than what Westlaw was paying, and Westlaw balked at paying more. Please complain to your Westlaw rep about this.
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