Use LexisNexis to Locate Law Review Articles


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In this tutorial, you will learn how to locate law review articles using LexisNexis.

Use the arrows below to navigate through the tutorial.

Locate LexisNexis

Using the library homepage to your right, place your cursor over the Find Material tab and choose Research Databases.

Under Popular Databases & Resources, scroll down and click on LexisNexis Academic.

Off-Campus Users

You are now in LexisNexis.

Locate the LexisNexis US Legal search page

Look to the upper right for Search by Subject or Topic and click.

Under Legal, click Law Reviews


Construct an effective search

For this exercise, we will be researching the following topic:

Freedom of speech on college campuses   

NOTE: The US Legal – Law Review portion of LexisNexis defaults to phrase searching.

What this means is that if you type two words right next to each other, the database will only search for and retrieve articles that have those words right next to each other. Often you will need to put the word AND between each of your keywords or keyword phrases to expand your results.

Search the US Legal - Law Reviews section of LexisNexis

  • Under Law Review Search, click onto Advanced Options.
  • In Build Your Own Segment Search, you can build more advanced searches.
  • Type freedom of speech into the search box.
  • Now type college campus* in the box.
    NOTE: The * tells LexisNexis to search all possible endings of a word.
  • Add Or to your search by clicking on the button. NOTE: Using OR allows you to search for synonyms.
  • Type university
  • In the Area of Law section, let's limit our search to search kinds of law. Deselect All US Law Reviews and click the box next to Constitutional Law. NOTE: Freedom of speech issues fall under constitutional law. Click apply.
  • Click Search.
  • Note that you retrieved a large list results with this search. 

Refine your search

You can use tools within LexisNexis to refine your search.

  • Skim your results list
  • Locate the Sort box at the top of the page.
  • Relevance helped bring law review articles related to freedom of speech on college and university campuses to the top of the list.
  • Source Order sorts by journal.

Evaluate search results

  • Locate and click on an article that interests you.
  • Skim the introduction to determine if this article will be useful for your topic.

Locate the Print, Email, Save or Export buttons

The Print, Email, Save and Export (to RefWorks) icons are at the top right of the screen of each law review article.

Save buttons

You have completed this tutorial.