Tuesday Tip: How do I search in specific segments on Lexis Advance®

Posted on 10-21-2014 by
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In Lexis Advance®, all documents of the same type have a common structure, composed of the natural parts or divisions referred to as segments.

You can restrict your search to a specific part or segment of a document, such as the court that heard the case or the judge who wrote the opinion. Different types of documents have different segments. For example, a case doesn't have the same segments as a newspaper article.

Segment searching is especially useful when you are looking for:

  • Opinions written by a particular judge
  • Cases involving a specific party
  • Cases in which a particular attorney or firm appeared as counsel
  1. To begin, enter your search in the red search box, beginning with the segment name and followed by your search terms in parentheses. (For example, to find opinions written by Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, enter: writtenby(sandra day o'connor). Then, Click Search.

  2. Use the left-hand navigation to further refine your results either by category (highlighted below in green) or other multiple fields including court, jurisdiction, timeline, as well as other available fields (highlighted below in yellow).

  3. As a helpful tip, segment searches can be run as either a natural language or a Boolean search, depending on the search syntax you use. The table below has examples of segment searches using natural language and Boolean syntax.


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