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 Find Materials tab and choose Research 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 upper right and click Search by Subject or Topic.

Locate and click Federal and State Cases.

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 Advanced Option and select Arizona. Click apply.

  •  Click Search.

Construct a search

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We retrieved over 1000 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 Advanced Option and select Arizona. Click apply.
     
  • Click Search.

Note that the number of your results dropped because this is a more focused search.

Locate the Print, Email, or Save icons

  • Any case you find interesting.

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