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 Search & Find tab and choose Articles & 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 left of the screen for a set of blue boxes.

Click US Legal.



Locate the Law Reviews link

Click the link for 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

  • Type freedom of speech into the top search box.
  • Type college campus* in the second box.
    NOTE: The * tells LexisNexis to search all possible endings of a word.
  • Use the drop-down arrow to change the final box to Or. NOTE: Using OR allows you to search for synonyms.
  • Type university
  • In the Limit To section, click the box next to Constitutional Law. NOTE: Freedom of speech issues fall under constitutional law.
  • Click Search.
  • Note that you retrieved over 800 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.
  • Click the drop-down arrow and change your sort to Relevance.
  • Skim the list again.

  • Note how changing the sort to Relevance helped bring law review articles related to freedom of speech on college and university campuses to the top of the list.

Evaluate search results

  • Locate and click the link for:

    "Copyright (c) 2005 University of North Carolina School of Law First Amendment Law Review, Spring, 2005, 3 First Amend. L. Rev. 335, 14214 words, NOTE AND RECENT DEVELOPMENT: Protecting the "Marketplace of Ideas": The First Amendment and Public School Teachers' Classroom Speech"
    (approximately #16 on the page)
  • 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.