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Viewing Your Search Results
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The Results page displays your search results and includes features to help you get the most out of them.

Click a link below to read more about the basic features available when viewing your search results.

Source and Terms Trail
Web News Feature
View Formats (List, Expanded List, Sorting Search Results
Viewing Result Groups
Table of Contents/Index/Versioning Display
Navigating Your Results (Moving Within a Results List, Moving Within a Document)
Tagging Documents in Results
Using Duplicate Options
Delivering Your Documents
       (Print, Download, Email )
Searching within Your Results
Filtering by Date

Source and Terms Trail

The source and terms for your search are displayed in a "trail" in the upper left of the Results page. The trail shows the path you took to arrive at your results. You may click a source name or search form name in the trail to return to the search form where you ran the search, or click search terms to return to view the results of that search.

You may click the Source Information icon Source Information icon for details about the source, or you may click the farthest left link in the trail to return to your starting page.

Viewing Result Groups
You may use the Result Groups form to filter your results to a specific group of documents. For example, you may want to view only a specific document type The groups available vary depending on the content of your search results. The Result Groups form lists the available groups for your results and includes the number of documents in each.

To download this information to either CSV (comma-separated value)or Excel spreadsheet format, click the download icon Export to Excel that appears there. The information for the source category that is expanded will be saved to the format you select.

To view a specific group of documents in your results, do the following:

  1. If the Result Group form (on the left side of the Results page) is closed, select a result group from the drop-down list to open it.

  2. In the Result Group display, find your category of interest by opening and closing categories and subcategories by clicking the plus Plus sign and minus Minus sign signs.

  3. Click the category name to view that list in the results page to the right.

Table of Contents/Index/Versioning Display

(Not available for every document.) In Document View, you may use the Publication tool to display a document's location within a publication. For example, if you are viewing a particular statute section, the Publication tool displays the table of contents, index or version of the entire statute, showing the names of the sections before and after the one you are viewing, or the available future, current and past versions of the statute.

Items displayed in the Publication tool are linked so you can quickly view other sections of the publication. In addition, you may tag items on the form for delivery. (Note that changing a Publication view option clears the currently tagged items.) For detailed information about the features in the Publication tool, click the Help link.

To view a specific section of a publication, do the following:

  1. If the Publication tool (on the left side of the page) is closed, select a view (TOC, Index, or Versioning) to open it.

    Note: If only one view is available, it will appear as a link instead of in a drop-down list.

  2. One of the following occurs:

    • When only one view is available for the current document's publication, that view appears, with the document highlighted.

    • When multiple options are available, choose whether to view the table of contents (View by TOC), the index (View by Index) or the versions (View by Versioning) of a publication.

  3. In the Publication display, click the plus sign Plus sign next to a section name to show any subsections associated with it. Click the minus sign Minus sign to hide the subsections.

  4. Click any active link in the Publication display to view the full text of another section in the Results page to the right. The appropriate document appears on the results page, replacing the document you were viewing.

When viewing versioned documents, icons indicate which version you are viewing and the effective date for the version.

  • Future version: Future version icon

  • Current version: Current version icon

  • Past version: Past version icon


Web News Feature

For certain Nexis sources, one or more corresponding web news sources may also be available. The web news feature enables you to search those sources in addition to the Nexis sources. To view a list of the Nexis sources that have corresponding web news sources, see Nexis-to-Web News Source Mappings.

Whenever you search Nexis sources that have web news sources, the results from the Nexis sources, if any, appear on the results page, beneath the Results tab. The Web News tab also appears, and you can click on it to search the associated web news sources.

Note: If your Nexis search returns no results, the "No Documents Found" page appears, and you can search the associated web news sources by clicking on the "Check for Web News results" link.

Web news searches provide full support for diacritics and diacritic equivalents.

Nexis searches and web news searches differ from each other in several key ways, however:

  • Nexis searches and web news searches are performed independently of each other. If you perform a Nexis search, for example, then use the Narrow Search feature to refine your Nexis results by adding additional search terms, the additional search terms are not applied to the web news results, and vice-versa.


  • A web news results list may contain results from numerous different languages, including Dutch, English, French, German, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish. If necessary, you can use the Result groups form in the left pane of the Web News results page to filter the results list by language. For more information on using result groups, see Viewing Result Groups.


  • Clicking an item in a web news results list opens a new window. When you click on a web news result, if the content no longer exists, then a "page not found" message is provided by the source website, not LexisNexis.


  • You cannot create a Saved Search for a web news source. Instead, you must save a search of the related Nexis source, re-run that search, then click on the Web News tab to view the web news results.


  • You can create a web news alert, change its delivery settings, and manually run it, but you cannot edit the Nexis search upon which it is based.

    Note: On the Alerts page, nothing distinguishes a Nexis alert from a web news alert, except that an “Edit” link does not appear in the Search column for any web news alert.


  • You can deliver web new results only through the Alerts feature or through the Print, Email, and Download icons on the Web News results tab. You cannot add web news results to the "My Documents" delivery folder, and you cannot deliver web news results from that folder. When you deliver web news results through the Alerts feature or through the Print, Email, or Download icons, you can deliver web news results only in the following document views or results formats:


    • Print: List or Expanded List


    • Email: Expanded List


    • Download: Expanded List


    • Alerts: All Documents, Expanded List View


    Note: You cannot print, email, or download web news results in a "full text" document view.

  • Web news results cannot be accessed via a permalink. If you receive a permalink from another user or send a permalink to another user, web news results are not accessible via the permalink, even if the permalink search is based on a Nexis source that has a related web news source.


View Formats

You may look at your search results in several different view formats, available through the View drop-down list on the Results form: List, Expanded List, . Each view format displays a different level of detail.

List
Displays basic information, in a numbered list, about the documents your search found. The information typically includes

Expanded List
Displays the same information as in List View for each document, along with about four (4) words in context on either side of your search terms. Select the check box next to a result to tag the document for viewing or delivery.

Displays the full text of the documents your search found. The following features are available in Document View:

Tag check box
Select the check box next to the title to tag the document for delivery.

Note: Changing the Sort option (Newest to Oldest, Relevance, etc.,) will clear any tagged items.

Hits
The number of search terms ("hits") in the document is displayed in the lower right pane. Click the arrow buttons to move quickly from search term to search term in the document.

First Hit Icon Click to view the first search term in the document.

Previous Hit Icon Click to view the previous search term in the document.

Next Hit Icon Click to view the next search term in the document.

Last Hit Icon Click to view the last search term in the document.


Full with Indexing
Displays all the functionality of Full Document view and highlights terms used in the search. Select the check box next to the title to tag the document for delivery.

KWIC™
Contains all of the functionality of view and displays each of your search terms surrounded by a window of 25 words.

Custom
Contains all of the functionality of view, but allows you to select the document sections that you want to view. For example, if you want to view only the body of your documents plus the and date, click Custom and then select only those sections. The custom view that you create is used when you search within results or perform or "more like this" search, or when you deliver documents from the current results set. However, the custom view will be reset after your next search.

Sorting Search Results

(Available from List and Expanded List views only.) To make results easier to review, you may want to change the order in which your results are displayed according to the type of information you are looking for.

To change the order, select a sort format from the Sort drop-down list on the Results form. Sort options vary according to the type of documents in your results, but may include Oldest to Newest and Relevance, among others.

Note: If you have already tagged items for viewing or delivery, sorting will clear the tagged check boxes.

Moving Within Your Results

The Results page offers several ways for you to move quickly through the documents in your search results. Navigation buttons on the page let you move through documents in a results list or though search terms in an individual document.

Note: To change the number of documents displayed on a results page at a time, click the Preferences link in the top navigation bar. For more information, refer to Changing Preferences.

Moving Within a Results List
At the top of the page, click these buttons to go to the previous and next pages of your results.

Previous Icon Click to view the previous list of documents.

Next Icon Click to view the next list of documents.


Use the following navigation buttons at the bottom of the Results page to move quickly through your results list. The buttons do not appear if your search retrieves only one document or one page of results.

First Page or First Document IconClick to view the first page of your results.

Previous Page or Previous Document Icon Click to view the previous page of your results.

Next Page or Next Document Icon Click to view the next page of your results.

Last Page or Last Document Icon Click to view the last page of your results.

Note: Numbers representing the number of pages in your results list appear at the bottom of each page of results. The numbers are links that you may use to move to a specific results list page.

Moving Within a Document
In View, the number of search terms ("hits") in the document is displayed in the lower pane, to the right. Click the Hits navigation buttons to move quickly from search term to search term in the document:

First Hit Icon Click to view the first search term in the document.

Previous Hit Icon Click to view the previous search term in the document.

Next Hit Icon Click to view the next search term in the document.

Last Hit Icon Click to view the last search term in the document.


Note: At the top of the page, click the icons to go to the previous (Previous Icon) and next (Next Icon) document.
Tagging Documents in Results

You may select, or "tag", selected documents in your results for delivery or viewing. For example, if you tag documents 1, 6 and 10 in your results, you may print, view, or save just those tagged documents later.
  • To tag a document, select the check box next to the document name.

  • To tag all documents on a particular page of a results list, select the check box on the far left of the gray bar above the results.

  • To print, email, or download tagged documents, click the appropriate delivery icon at the right of the Results form. On the delivery form that appears, you'll see the document numbers you tagged displayed in the Selected Items box under Document Range.

  • To view only the documents that you have tagged, click the View Tagged button on the Results form. To see all results again after viewing the tagged items, click the "View All Results" button.

Using Duplicate Options

(Not available for all search types.) Duplicate options lets you choose whether or not you want to use similarity analysis to process your search results. Similarity analysis detects similar documents in your search results and groups them together. For more information about duplicate options, see What are duplicate options?

Editing a Search/Creating a New Search

When reviewing your search results, you may determine that different search terms would better meet your needs than the current terms. To change the terms, you may either edit your current search or create an entirely new search.

To edit a search, click Edit Search in the Next Steps drop-down list at the top right of the Results or Document form. This displays the search form you used to enter the current search. The current search appears on the form, where you may add, delete or change terms as necessary and run the search again.

To create a new search, click New Search in the Next Steps drop-down list at the top left of the results list or full document view. This displays the search form you used to enter the current search. Enter a new search, selecting a new source if necessary, and click the Search button to run it.


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