Use LexisNexis to Locate Legal Decisions

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Introduction

In this tutorial, you will learn how to find legal decisions using the Legal Cases widget in LexisNexis Academic. You can locate cases from the US Supreme Court, US Court of Appeals, and other useful legal materials.

Use the arrows below to navigate through the tutorial.

Locate LexisNexis

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 Academic.

Locate the LexisNexis US Legal search page

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Look to the left of the screen for a set of blue boxes.

Locate and click US Legal.

Options


Locate the LexisNexis US Legal search page

2 of 2Click the link for Federal & State Cases.

Reviews

Construct a search

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

"Which Arizona cases have discussed the rights of tenants?"

  • Type tenant AND rights into the top search box.

  • Click the drop-down arrow next to Jurisdiction and select Arizona.

  •  Click Search.

Construct a search

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We retrieved over 900 results with this search.

This is because we typed the word and between our search terms. This made the database search each word separately.

Let's try conducting a more focused search.

  • Click the New Search link at the top of the page.

  • Type tenant rights into the top search box.

  • Click the drop-down arrow next to Jurisdiction and select Arizona.
     
  • Click Search.

Note that your results drop to just over a 100, which is a much more manageable list.

Locate the Print, Email, or Save icons

  • Click on Tovar v. Superior Court, No. 16014-SA, Supreme Court of Arizona, 132 Ariz. 549; 647 P.2d 1147; 1982 Ariz. LEXIS 216, June 28, 1982
    (approximately #8 on the list)

  • The Print, Email, and Save icons are located at the top right of the screen of each law review article.