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Legal Resources for MBA students: Searching Lexis/Nexis Academic

Legal Research for Business Students

Searching Case Law

Log into Lexis/Nexis Academic and Click on the US Legal Tab.

After clicking the US Legal Tab,

  1. Click the "Federal & State Cases" link on the right side of the screen.
  2. If you would like to get a case by case name, enter a name (or both names) in the box. Although the formal name of the case is "Roe v. Wade", entering "Wade v. Roe" will return the same results. If you would like to get a case by citation number, enter the citation inside the "Citation Number" box.
  3. Select Party Name or Citation from the drop-down box depending on which field you would like to search under.

If you would like to see a YouTube tutorial showing you how to retrieve a case go to:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=17E6Q1hmciY

Searching Secondary Literature

 

It is a good idea to start your research by seeing what legal scholars have written about your topic. The most common sources of this kind of writing are legal journals, more commonly known as Law Reviews. When clicking on the U.S. Legal tag, click on the sub-set Law Reviews. 

How do I use law reviews as a guide to finding important legal cases?

The Law Reviews search form is located in the US Legal section of LexisNexis Academic. On the Law Reviews search form, you can accomplish tasks such as:

1)       Find a Law Review article by citation

2)       Find a Law Review article by author

3)       Find a Law Review article by topic

Specify Date 

One of the most efficient ways to narrow your results set is by specifying the date. If you're researching a current event, try narrowing the date to the last 6 months. If you're researching a past event, use the "Is Between..." option to set the dates yourself. Choosing a time period to search through will change your results drastically. You will be much more likely to find relevant results.

Limit by Topic 

Select one of the popular topics shown on the Law Reviews search form to only search articles which have been indexed to that particular topic.

Retrieving a Case

After clicking the US Legal Tab,

1.      Click the "Federal & State Cases" link on the left side of the screen.

2.      If you would like to get a case by case name, enter a name (or both names) in the box. Although the formal name of the case is "Roe v. Wade", entering "Wade v. Roe" will return the same results. If you would like to get a case by citation number, enter the citation inside the "Citation Number" box.

3.      Select Party Name or Citation from the drop-down box depending on which field you would like to search under.

Lexis/Nexis Research Wiki

The LexisNexis Academic Product Wiki will help you make the most of the content and features in LexisNexis Academic. It includes Academic Help guides showing you how to use the product, as well as Research Help guides with advice on doing research in news, business, industry, legal, and biographical materials.

There are several articles on Legal Research that will give you insights on how to research difrerent aspects of law.

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