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  1. How do I search using Lexis Advance®?

    To begin your legal research across all available LexisNexis® primary and secondary sources, plus related content on the Web, follow the steps below.

    To search using search terms:

    1. If you wish, select a client from the Client ID link at the top of the page to associate this research with, or select Set Client ID to enter a new one.
    2. Do one of the following:
      • To search all content, select Search All above the search box.
      • To search in a specific topic, select Browse Topics above the search box, then select the topics you want to search from the list.
      • To search in specific sources, select Browse Sources above the search box, then select the sources you want to search from the list.
    3. Enter your search terms in the search box.
    4. Click Search.

    To find an individual document when you know the citation:

    1. If you wish, select a client from the Client ID link at the top of the page to associate this research with, or select New Client to enter a new one.
    2. Enter the citation in the search box.
    3. Click Search.

    To Shepardize® a citation:

    1. Select the Shepard's® tab under the search box, or type shep followed by a colon (:), followed by the document citation.
      • Example: shep: 800 F.2d 111
      • Example: shep: 410 us 73
      Punctuation, spacing, and capitalization within the citation are optional. However, the colon following "shep" is mandatory in order for the system to run a Shepard's search and not a regular search.
    2. Click Search.

    To display a form you can use to construct your search to include or exclude specific words or phrases:

    1. Click Search Tips.
    2. Complete the Search Tips form.
    3. Click OK.

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