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Use Nexis Uni to search for Case Law & Law Reviews
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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.
Nexis Uni: Law Reviews & Journals
Law reviews "provide a starting place for legal research in an unfamiliar topic, and offer both an historical perspective as well as a statement of the current status of the law in a specific area. Authors document their articles thoroughly with footnotes, which a researcher can use to quickly locate cases and statutes (i.e. primary law sources) on point" (Boston College Law Library).
Remember to use AND, OR, NOT to show relationships between the terms in your search. You can use SUMMARY to just search for your terms in the summary section of the article, which will help focus your search. Use ! for truncation.
The Shepard’s Signal indicators are visual representations of the impact of treatments of a case.
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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Google Scholar Case Law Search
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