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Legal: Nexis Uni

Find a Specific U.S. Legal Case

Finding Landmark U.S. Cases

Power Search Overview

Nexis Uni Power Search Tips

Note: Nexis Uni is the updated name of LexisNexis. Resources created before 2020 may retain the LexisNexis name. 

Finding Word Variants

*   use to replace a letter
     wom*n will locate records containing both woman and women

!   place after the root of a term to find all variations of the term
    immigra! will locate records containing the terms immigrant and immigration

   singular search terms retrieve singulars and most plurals
   plural search terms retrieve singulars and most plurals
!* use ! or * with irregular singular or plural: child! g**se

Search for Exact Phrase

Assumes terms are a phrase: war crimes tribunal

Using the OR Connector

Use the OR connector to find documents that contain either or both of the words or phrases linked by OR. Use the OR connector to link search words that are synonyms, antonyms, alternative spellings, or abbreviations. Examples are listed below.

   lawyer OR counsel OR attorney

   regulated OR deregulated

   alternative spellings
   takeover or take over

   international business machines OR IBM OR I.B.M.

Using the AND Connector

Use to find a document that contains all the terms connected with AND

For example, self-defense AND domestic violence will retrieve a document with both terms.

Using the AND NOT Connector

Use to find documents in which a search word or phrase is to be excluded.

For example, the following search finds documents where the word "trust" occurs but the word "charitable" does not.

trust AND NOT charitable

W/n Connector  

Use to find two words within the specified number of words

For example, the following search request tells the research software to find documents in which both words appear in the same segment, within three or fewer words of one another.

william w/3 hearst retrieves documents containing the words William Randolph Hearst; William R. Hearst; and Hearst, William R.

For additional advanced search tips, please check the source below.

Source:LexisNexis Academic. Boolean Searching.