More Lexis Advance® Features (February 2014)

More Lexis Advance® Features (February 2014)

More Lexis Advance® Features (and fewer non-relevant results) get you to on-point facts faster (See graphics in PDF)

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    • Smaller, more targeted answer sets
    • Highlighted search terms in results
    • Recent & Favorites compiles your sources—and much more
    • Copy with Cite—using standard citation format or California Style Manual
    • Combine U.S. and state court filters to view just what you need faster
    • Retrieve many state statutes using the popular name
    • Connector changes
    • More news segments for searching

Smaller, more targeted answer sets

The search logic for Lexis Advance® Natural Language searches has been refined to reduce the overall answer set size while surfacing top results. Previously, when a Natural Language search was entered, an implied “or” was placed between each term. Now it’s an implied “and” between each term. Boolean search logic has not been changed.

The default is to display the new targeted results set first. The “implied ‘or’ search” still runs; you can link to those results by clicking the Expanded Results link at the top of your search results screen. To return to the refined results, click the Fewer Results link.

To change the display default to the expanded results, click Settings, choose Research and select the Expanded button. Then click Apply All Settings.

See search word “hits” highlighted and in context

Find the documents you want to review more quickly. Search terms—all of your “hits”—are highlighted in bright yellow and surrounded contextually. Plus you still get the case overview. This is the new Overview + Terms view—the default view.

If you prefer to see the section of the retrieved document where most of the highlighted search terms occur, click the down arrow next to the Overview + Terms view and select Overview + Extract.

Recent & Favorites compiles your recent sources and much more

Click the Recent & Favorites link beneath the red search box and return to your recent research:

Sources and source combinations

Table of Contents (TOC) sources; Just click the View Table of Contents link to re-open the source’s TOC

Legal topics chosen from the Browse Topics tab

Pre-search filter combinations

You must enter a search in a source or legal topic for it to be added to the Recent & Favorites list.

Do you plan on using the source (combination), topic or filters often? Make them favorites, and they stay on the Recent & Favorites list. Just click the star outline next to the title and turn it gold. Click again to remove it from your favorites. Remove it entirely from the Recent & Favorites list by clicking the red “X.”

Copy with Cite—in standard citation format or California Style Manual

Now when you click the Copy Citation link at the top of your case-law document, you can select a format—standard citation format or California Manual of Style. Pinpoint pages are included for all available reporter citations.

Save time modifying citations after pasting! And more style manuals will be added to the Lexis Advance Copy with Cite functionality soon.

Combine U.S. and state court filters to view just what you need faster

Filter your case results to see how a specific region rules on your issue—from the local/regional/state court of origination through the federal appellate levels. Or refine your results to a specific lower state court—or even county/municipal courts/specialty courts in some cases.

Here’s how. View your search results, and then click the Select multiple link from the Federal or State Court filter list. When you click the arrow next to the circuit or state name, you open additional, lower-level choices. Select what you need and click OK.

Retrieve many state statutes using the popular name

Forget the cite? No worries. Enter a partial statute name in the red search box, e.g., ENTER: utah elected official and select the Utah Elected Official and Judicial Salary Act. Your search will retrieve two tabs: the full-text statute (displaying first) and a tab showing the statute, session law and all code sections that cite the statute.

Connectors “OR” and “AND” can be “or” and “and

Now connectors are not case sensitive when used in a search. Connectors now operate the same whether lower, initial or upper case. Simple.

Search news sources using more segments

Segment searching lets you target your search to specific sections—or segments—of the documents. Now, in news sources, you can use the following segments in your Lexis Advance search:

    • HEADLINE, e.g., HEADLINE(behemoth motors and bankrupt!)
    • HLEAD (searches the headline and lead paragraph), e.g., HLEAD(behemoth motors and bankrupt!)
    • PUBLICATION, e.g., PUBLICATION(wall street journal) and putin and oil
    • PUBLICATION-TYPE (i.e., blog, newswires, newsletters, etc.*), e.g., PUBLICATION-TYPE(blog) and putin and oil
    • SECTION (i.e., obituaries, finance, etc.), e.g., SECTION(obituary) and seeger w/1 pete

You can also use ATLEAST to find news articles that include your search words “at least” a certain number of times. You must use a number with ATLEAST. For example, ENTER: ATLEAST5(drone)

*Tip: Also find publication types displayed in the post-results filters list.