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Use Nexis Uni to search for Case Law
Nexis Uni (Coverage varies by title) New Lexis-Nexis interface, with a single search box, plus filters to refine searches; users are encouraged to register for an ID & password, to take advantage of personalization features. Covers a wide range of news, business, legal & reference information; includes federal & state laws & cases.
How-to: Searching for Case Law in Nexis Uni
You can use Nexis Uni to search for Case Law. Below are instructions for searching for a known case: MacPherson v. Buick, 217 N.Y. 382, 111 N.E. 1050 (1916)
- Start on the Nexis Uni homepage. And select the "Advanced Search" link under the main search box.
- On the Advanced Search screen, follow these steps:
- Step 1: select Legal from the top menu
- Step 2: select Cases from the drop-down menu on the left
- Step 3: select "United States Cases"
- Now that you are searching legal cases in the United States, you can select Party Name from the drop-down menu to the right of the search box [Finds all case party names (as provided by the court)].
- Enter the Party Names, in this case:
- Step 1: first search box: MacPherson
- Step 2: second search box: Buick
- Step 3: Use the Search button to continue
- The results page lists the case we're searching for at the top. If that was not the case, we could use the "Narrow By" options on the left-hand side of the page.
You can use Nexis Uni to search for Case Law. Below are instructions for searching for an unknown case by topic.
- Start on the Nexis Uni homepage. Below the main search box is a section labeled "Guided Search."
- In the "Guided Search:"
- Step 1: select Cases from the "What are you interested in?" box
- Step 2: select the appropriate Jurisdiction [Federal Cases or State Cases]
- Step 3: type in your topic or keyword(s)
- Step 4: [optional] select a date or date range
- Step 5: use the Search button to continue
- The results page lists all relevant results. Most likely you will want to use the "Narrow By" options in the left-hand menu to reduce the number of results.
- For example, you can "Narrow By" "Practice Areas & Topics."
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