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Lexis Advance: LexisNexis Advance

A guide to using Lexis Advance for law students, faculty, and library patrons.


Lexis Advance Home Page

This is the home page for Lexis Advance. Some of the highlights are as follows:

1. Lexis Advance drop down menu;

2. Browse feature;

3. Client ID feature;

4. History drop down menu;

5. Additional features of Lexis Advance (folders, alerts, etc.);

6. Search bar with filter features;

7. Recent history box;

8. User created research folders;

9. Law 360 news feed; and

10. Additional features of Lexis Advance.

Lexis Advance & Shepardizing: Updating Case Law

Lexis Advance's Shepard's feature provides an editorial analysis over a range of legal documents. Shepard's provide a complete range of editorial analysis from negative (e.g., overruled) to neutral (e.g., explained) to true positive (e.g., followed). This is a powerful tool that assists in keeping research up to date. Shepard's is an important feature of Lexis Advance and should be used when you are updating your research.

1. You can locate this feature when looking at a document that has a Shepard's analysis (e.g., court opinions). It is located to the right of the document text in a box marked Shepard's.

2. The Shepard's box shows a quick overview of the positive, neutral, negative, and citing sources of that particular document.

3. Clicking on "Shepardize this document" will open a new page showing the actual documents that were referenced in the Shepard's box. The information will be divided into four categories: (1) appellate history, (2) citing decisions, (3) other citing sources, and (4) table of authorities.

4. Citing decisions will give a list of primary sources citing the initial document and other citing sources will link to secondary sources. The options on the right allow the sources to be narrowed by various parameters. Additionally, the information can be viewed in a visual friendly manner by clicking on the grid option on the left side at the top.

5. This is the Grid view. The grid view gives a nice visual representation of the treatment the initial case has received from other sources.

Top Bar Features

1. The top bar of Lexis Advance allows for quick access to some of the commonly used features in Lexis Advance. This bar will be located at the top of any page in Lexis Advance.

2. The Lexis Advance drop-down menu gives access to the various features available to the Lexis Advance platform. The most commonly used features will be the research, Interactive Citation Workstation, and LexisNexis for Law Schools. The other features might not be accessible under the Law School's Lexis Advance Subscription.

3. The Browse feature is used to narrow your search parameters before beginning your initial search. The browse feature narrows by sources, topics, and practice pages.

4. Browsing by source allows you to narrow your search by category (primary, secondary, etc.), jurisdiction, practice area, and publisher. Once you have narrowed to the desired source any of the search results will be confined to that source.

5. Browsing by topic gives you a list of possible topics with a choice of sub-topics if you want to narrow the search further.

6. Browsing by practice page allows you to narrow your search by jurisdiction or by a particular practice area.

6. The client feature allows you to create separate ID for each client. This will partition your searches and documents to that specific client ID. This can be useful for keeping tabs on how much time has been spent on an individual or project.

Search History

1. Users may access search history from the drop-down menu at the top of the screen or from the history box located at the bottom of the homepage. Both of these options will show recent searches or documents without moving to a new page.

The "More" Drop-Down Box

1. The "More" drop-down provides access to the remaining features of Lexis Advance. Such as, the folder feature which allows you to collect documents into a folder for quick recovery. These features are explained more in-depth later in this guide (you can navigate to a specific feature using the tabs at the top of this guide).

The Lexis Advance Search Bar

This is the Lexis Advance search bar. It is located in the center of the homepage or in the middle of the top bar when viewing other pages in Lexis Advance. The search bar serves the same purpose as the browse feature and has many of the same filtering options.

1. You can apply filters to the search to narrow the search results. The different filters are as follows:

1. Jurisdiction;

2. Category;

3. Practice Area & Topic; and

4. Recent & Favorites.

2. Category allows for filter by the type of document.

3. Below, is what the Practice Area & Topic filter page looks like.

4. The Recent and Favorites filter shows your favorite filters or ones you have used recently.

Using the Lexis Advance History Tool

1. User search history can be accessed from the drop-down menu at the top of the screen or from the history box located at the bottom of the homepage. Both of these options will show your recent searches or documents without moving to a new page.

2. This is the full research history page. From here you can search within your research history to locate documents you have previously located. Useful for when you forget to save a document in your folder during a research session.

3. This is the research map feature. This gives a visual representation of your searches. This can help visualize how your search evolved from the initial search terms to the final results.

4. For example, this search began with the term copyright. Next, the search was narrowed to only show cases and further narrowed to only show Texas cases within a time frame. This gives a quick overview of how the research progressed from over 40,000 results to 80.

Using the Folders Feature

1. The folders feature is located in the More drop-down menu. This feature allows you to organize documents located from your searches into user defined folders.

2. This is the My Folder page. You can access folders you have created or even share those folders with others. This is a great organizational tool for research and collaboration.

Additional Page Features

1. The boxes located at the bottom of the homepage are another method to access some of the features located in the More drop-down menu at the top of the page. Additionally, you can access Law360's news feed and support functions from the boxes.

Using the "Lexis Printer"

At Texas Tech University School of Law, Lexis provided free printing from Lexis Advance. There are three printers in the library (basement, second floor, and the third floor) that can be used by students. To print from a Lexis printer make sure the option to print from a LexisNexis printer is picked.

This can be done by clicking on "Choose settings" when clicking the printer drop down menu. Once you have the proper printer selected you can print and it will be sent to the printer you selected. This can be done from any computer as long as you are logged into Lexis Advance.

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