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  • show searching for brown v ed in law review… 20.  Find a case with a citation? What if I don't know what level court it's from? Go to Legal Research and select the Get a Case search form. You may search across Federal and State courts for the party names or the citation to retrieve your case. 21.  Find out more about a specific case, such as Brown v. Board of Education ? Go to Legal Research and select the Law Reviews search form. Law reviews provide background information and analysis of major court cases. Choose the Guided Search tab at the top. In the first text box, type Brown v. Board of Education . Select "AtLeast3" from the pulldown menu, which will ensure that the case name appears several times throughout each article, rather than just as a passing reference. Be sure to select an appropriate date restriction. 22.  Find a law using its popular name? Go to Legal Research and select the Federal Code search form. For search terms, key the terms used in the popular name of a law, leaving out noise words and quotation marks. For example, to find the Family and Medical Leave Act, your search terms could be: family medical leave act . 23.  Find laws relating to a particular subject at the state level? Go to Legal Research and select State Case Law . When the interim screen listing all 50 states appears, select your desired state, then enter your search terms.  For example, if you are searching for laws related to search and seizure in California, go to the California form and enter  search OR seizure in the first box. Leave the default, All Courts as the Court selection. Select all available dates for date.
  • LexisNexis for Legal Research

    1. 1. using LEXIS NEXIS 23 January 2006 Beatrice R. Pulliam Reference Librarian Providence College
    2. 2. LEXIS NEXIS <ul><li>full-text information service accessing nearly 6000 publications </li></ul><ul><ul><li>news </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>financial </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>legal </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>medical </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>general reference (select almanacs, look-up features, etc.) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>follow current events from authoritative sources </li></ul><ul><li>retrieve primary or secondary legal sources </li></ul><ul><li>find financial info about public and private companies </li></ul><ul><li>connect from “A-Z” list of databases on Library Home Page </li></ul>
    3. 3. quick news searching <ul><li>available from home page </li></ul><ul><li>use key words or phrases only (no boolean operators and/not/or) to retrieve up to 125 of the most relevant documents (range – present to 2 years ago) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>ex: “campaign finance reform” – use quotes to indicate order and proximity </li></ul></ul><ul><li>sort by date </li></ul><ul><li>views – expanded, kwic, full-text </li></ul>
    4. 4. guided news searching <ul><li>more searching control and access to full archive of full-text documents </li></ul><ul><li>must : </li></ul><ul><ul><li>select news source </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>select news category </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>enter search terms (recommend searching w/i “full-text” of document </li></ul></ul><ul><li>searching capabilities: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>US and Foreign Language News Sources </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Wire Services </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Hard to Find Radio & TV Broadcast Transcripts </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Regional News Sources </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Legal News and more… </li></ul></ul><ul><li>FOCUS search </li></ul><ul><ul><li>search within results and include additional search terms </li></ul></ul><ul><li>click on “Source List” to view descriptions of available news sources </li></ul>
    5. 5. legal research in LEXIS NEXIS <ul><li>primary sources </li></ul><ul><ul><li>case law </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Federal and State </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>statutes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>regulations </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Shepard’s citations (check Supreme court citations back to 1789) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>secondary sources </li></ul><ul><ul><li>legal news (more than 300 legal newspapers) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>law reviews (over 500 law review publications) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>use for background on a legal topic and specific cases </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Example: search for “Sarbanes-Oxley” </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>international legal materials (Canadian, EU law) </li></ul><ul><li>patents (searchable from 1971 forward) </li></ul>
    6. 6. legal research in LEXIS NEXIS <ul><li>finding cases </li></ul><ul><ul><li>must have party names (Brown v. Bd of Education) or </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>citation ( 349 U.S. 294 (1955) ) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>only returns cases that match exact terms entered </li></ul></ul><ul><li>reading citations </li></ul><ul><ul><li>name of case </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>volume information (where case can be found) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>court that decided the case </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>year case was decided </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Brown v. Bd. of Educ., 349 U.S. 294 (1955) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>(title of case) (volume 349 (year decided) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>of US Reports </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>begin. pg 294) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>click on “View Citation Reports” to see the different formats of citations for legal documents </li></ul><ul><li>use Blacks Law Dictionary (REF KF156 .B53 1999 ) for help sorting through legal terminology </li></ul><ul><li>find a law by its popular name (ex. Welfare Reform Act or Family & Medical Leave Act) by doing a keyword search via the Federal Code link </li></ul>
    7. 7. LEXIS NEXIS feature summary <ul><li>use Quick News Searching to retrieve the most 125 relevant documents on a topic for the last 2 years </li></ul><ul><li>use Guided News Searching for more searching control and access to the complete full-text archive </li></ul><ul><ul><li>search major newspapers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>regional news sources </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>full-text access to speeches (via news transcripts) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>legal news </li></ul></ul><ul><li>use FOCUS Search to search within results and use additional key words or terms to refine your search </li></ul><ul><li>use Law Reviews or Legal News to find background information on a legal issue or decision. Law Reviews and Legal News are considered secondary sources. </li></ul><ul><li>use Get A Case to look up federal and state legal cases ( primary sources) and Shepard’s Citations to verify Supreme Court citations back to 1798 </li></ul><ul><li>use Federal Case Law and State Case Law to view federal and state legal decisions </li></ul>
    8. 8. questions…? <ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>IM us: pclibchat (AIM/Yahoo/iChat) or pclibchat @ hotmail.com (MSNMessenger) </li></ul>