The New Lexis Advance: Introduction to Searching

Posted on 09-05-2014 by
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This short tutorial will introduce you to the various way in which you can search on Lexis Advance. There are a number of ways to access content on the platform, but keep in mind that the overall search methodology is to run a search across all content and to narrow those results to the information that is most important to you, using a series of post-search filters.

There are two main ways to access content on Lexis Advance. One is to browse content and the other is to search for content. 

There are various ways you can search on Lexis Advance. Two main ways to access content on Lexis Advance is to “Browse Content” or “Search for Content.”

To Browse Content

  1. To Browse Content, select the Browse dropdown in the top navigation bar.

  2.   When browsing content, you are given the option to browse sources or topics. You also have the option of viewing all sources by clicking on the All Sources link or you can narrow your list of sources using one of the high level filters.

    For example, if you wanted to see all sources from Texas, you would start with the high level filter of Jurisdiction (highlighted below in blue), then narrow down your list of sources (highlighted below in yellow).

  3.      You can continue to use the filters on the left to narrow down your list of sources.

    For example, if you are looking like Dorsaneo, Texas Litigation Guide, you could apply the Secondary Filter (highlighted below in green) and would then see all the Texas Secondary sources; including Dorsaneo (highlighted below in yellow).

    Helpful Tip: After you have found your source of interest, you are able to get all of the documents we have on Lexis Advance for that source (highlighted below in yellow); add the source as a filter to your search, which will limit your results using only that title (highlighted below in green); or create an Alert for the source (highlighted below in pink).

    To Browse Topics

    1.       Browsing Topics is similar to browsing sources with a few minor differences. When you click on a topic, the sub-topics will appear to the right. Once you get to your lower level topics, there will be actions available for that topic.

    Actions for the higher level topics are available at the top of the browse window. In addition, you can use the arrows at the bottom of the browse window to see what path you have taken across the topic hierarchy to get to your point of interest (highlighted below in yellow).

    To Search for Content

    1. You are able to Search for Content using the Lexis Advance red search box, which is designed to allow you to log in and begin typing a search right away. The red search box is intelligent enough to know when to run a Natural Language search or Terms & Connectors search based on what is entered into the search box. It also recognizes citations, so it understands when to take you directly to a document.

    2.  To conduct a narrow search, select ‘Filter’ after typing in your search query (highlighted below in yellow). You are presented with several options (highlighted below in green) to better narrow your results.

    Helpful Tip: There is no limit to the number of pre-search filters that can be used at any one time and they can be combined across filter types; just keep in mind that the filters must be cleared when you no longer want them applied. To close the Filters view click on the X in the Filters window (highlighted below in yellow).

    Keep in mind, different tasks call for different methods of conducting research. Because of this, Lexis Advance offers various ways to search making it flexible, intuitive and easy to use.

    Find out what else you can do on the new Lexis Advance by accessing more how-to posts on LexTalk.

    Explore the new Lexis Advance® for yourself—take the interactive tour. You’re going to LOVE what we’ve done with it.

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