Librarian Relations Consultant Research Tip: Save time with quick answers to common legal questions

Librarian Relations Consultant Research Tip: Save time with quick answers to common legal questions

New Lexis Answers™

What is Lexis Answers?

A new Lexis Advance® tool that leverages state-of-the-art machine-learning and artificial intelligence technologies. Lexis Answers is able to understand and anticipate a variety of research questions as the user enters search terms in the Red Search Box. The Lexis Answers feature then provides suggested questions in the word wheel from which the user may select. When a user selects a question and clicks search, an answer card is presented along with comprehensive search results. The answer card provides a clear and concise answer, saving time and serving as a great starting point.

What types of questions can it answer?

You can get answers to questions about definitions of legal terms, elements of a claim or defense, standards of review, burdens of proof and legal doctrine.

Where does the “answer” on the answer card come from?

Definitions come from The Wolters Kluwer Bouvier Law Dictionary. Competitive to the popular Black’s Law Dictionary, Bouvier Law Dictionary has been completely updated for the modern legal professional. All other answers are derived from case law. The answer card provides a link to the source from which the answer is derived. Links to case law go directly to the part of the case from which the answer is located.

What will this cost me?

The full release of the Lexis Answers feature is offered to all Lexis Advance subscribers at no additional cost. A Lexis Answers search appears as the usual search charge if a firm is billing back research via PowerInvoice™. Clicking on the source link on the card incurs the usual document access charge for bill-back purposes as well. As of now, transactional users will not see Lexis Answers responses.

Type your question in the Red Search Box and look under suggested questions.


Next, click on a question: in our example, what is the definition of collateral estoppel? Then you will see the “answer card.”