CALR: LexisNexis Overview
Another paid legal research database…and to the newcomer (and sometimes those using it for a while) it can be a little intimidating. Lexis tried to make it simple, but now it’s so simple that it’s hard…too many buttons to push! 🙂
Again – you need a research plan. Lexis is not cheap.
- Get a Document
The MyLexis and Search tabs are customizable.
On the Search tab you can add or edit sub-tabs.
- News & Business
- Public Records
- Find a Source
The Get a Document tab lets users retrieve individual documents quickly by citation, party name, or docket number.
You can set up a tab for Alerts. That will let you save and run automatic searches. The results can be emailed to you or stored online.
The actual database can be used in a number of different ways.
- Search tab
- Natural language
- Terms and connectors
- Easy search
- Suggest Terms
I really like the KWIC feature when pulling a retrieved case It shows about 25 words of text around the search terms. It makes it easy to see if the case is relevant to what I need.
Lexis has Case Summaries. The summary includes procedural history, overview, disposition, and core terms.
Headnotes summarizes each major issue.
Ever heard the term Shepardizing a case? Like KeyCite for Westlaw, it enables you to determine if the case or law you retrieved is still good. It’s actually called Shepard’s Citation. It uses colored shapes instead of flags. It also links to others cases.
Yes, you can run quite a few public records searches in Lexis.