Find a Single Case by
- Frequently, you need to find
caselaw or statutes that relate to the subject of a current legal
- It is often the case that you
do not have a specific citation to a prior decision or the number
of a particular section of a state or federal code.
- You many also not have any
names of people or titles of laws that relate to the current legal
issue. So what do you do?
- Lexis offers several ways of
doing subject searching under the Search,
Research Tasks, and
- You need, though, to consider
the components of the caselaw that you are going to search.
Specifically, each judicial opinion typically contains the
following components that are searchable:
- Headnotes, which includes
the names of the parties involved and, maybe, their location
and type of organization, if not a person.
- Summary, often called an
- Core Terms
- Body of the
- and more.
- Lexis supports a powerful range
of sophisticated search functions, including full Booleans,
several proximity operators, wild cards, phrase searching and
nesting, and "segment" (fields) searching. See the
Cheatsheet (a Word
document) for details.
Example Starting from the Search Tab
- The first thing to do is click
on the type of court(s) (or codes or other documents) that you
want to search.
This brings up a
- You can create complex search
statements in this box and in the similar ones that come up under
Research Tasks and Search Advisor.
- Notice that Lexis provides a
brief table of "connectors" (which are called "operators" in most
other databases) on the right side for guidance.
- Also notice that you can use
the "Restrict by Segment" pulldown menu to find "segments" (which
are called "fields" in most other databases) to limit one or more
search terms to. When you enter the search term then click on the
"Add" button, the "segment" and its contents (your search term)
are "anded" to your search in the search box.
This brings the