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    • Case Law Using Lexis Library Catherine Funnell Middlesex University
    • Databases-Quick Facts Heinonline • English Reports(pre 1865 cases) only • Available on the Internet Westlaw and Lexis Library • Access to legislation case law, journal articles • Also current awareness(status updates legislation and cases) • EU legislation,cases,journal articles
    • Lexis Library • UK cases from 1865, including All England Law Reports • Cases of the Irish, Northern Ireland and Scottish courts from 1945 • European Union cases from 1954 • Commonwealth cases, especially Australia, Canada, and South Africa • US Federal and State case law from all 50 states • Halsbury’s Laws-latest edition
    • Accessing Lexis Library • Log in to My UniHub • Select the My study tab • Scroll down the page to find My Library • Click on Library Subject Guides • Select the Law and Legal Research Guide • Select the Resources tab • Scroll down to the Gateways to Legal Resources sub tab • Select Lexis library You can search for Case Law by Citation Party Names Subject Go to the next slide to find a case By Citation
    • Reading a Legal Citation [1993] 1 ALL ER 42 Date-Year case was reported Law Report Series where it was reported Volume of Law Report Series Page in Law Report Volume This is a legal citation for a case You need to know what each part of the citation represents Go to the next slide to find the case on Lexis
    • Finding the Case Citation Pepper v Hart is the Case Let’s take a Closer Look at this page
    • Understanding the Detail Signal Help Court where case was heard Judgement Date Source-Where case was reported Click on the 1st result on this list
    • Case Detail All ER(The All England Reports) gives you the detail you require Useful information Commentary on the case . The source is Halsbury’s Laws of England
    • Case Detail(cont’d) Click on Citator Document to find more useful information PDF(can SAVE or View the Document) Print, save , email ,export to bibliographic software
    • Signal Help(Case Status) The top area is useful as it gives you the Signal Help (Status) and the Case History for this case. Click on the Green (positive) status to see a drop down list of related cases where Pepper v Hart has been applied or considered For more information on Status Icons go to the next slide
    • Signal Help(Status Icons cont’d) Status icons are important as you need to be aware of the status of a case . Is it ‘Good law’?Has it received a positive judicial treatment .Click on Read More Click on Signal Help Go to the next slide to see Signal Help
    • Signal Help(Status Icons) Lexis refers to these symbols as ‘signal help’ whilst Westlaw calls them ‘status icons ‘ They indicate what kind of treatment a case has received
    • Party Names It’s easy to find a case by Party Names Just type the names in the party names Box! Go to the next slide to see the results
    • Preview of Case You can click on Preview and/or go to the Full Document
    • Full Text of Case Go to the next slide to search by Subject
    • Subject Searching Type the phrase enclosed in “speech marks” To get fewer results use the Sidebar and Filter Go to the next slide to see the results after editing the search
    • Filtered Results By editing(adding another search phrase) we have significantly narrowed the results and found cases closer to what we really need! “unfair dismissal” and “trade union”
    • Full Text From the Full Text of this result you can see where the subject keyword phrases are highlighted in the text of the case