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With the advent of search engines, people are accustomed to finding their answers by stumbling along, but attorneys know firsthand this isn’t the way to conduct legal research. On a similar note, I am routinely asked a question about the difference in search results when comparing results from lexis.com to Lexis Advance.
As you may already know, lexis.com delivers precision oriented search results by using terms & connectors; however, many people don’t know this same technology is available using Lexis Advance. Lexis Advance allows you to search using either natural language or terms & connectors. So, you are able to get these same result sets that you would receive in lexis.com with just a click of a button.
As a matter of preference, if you prefer to begin your search query using the natural language method, you are able to refine your result sets on the back end by simply selecting “terms & connectors” in the Actions box.
Natural Language Query from the Red Search Box
Once you receive your results, there is one specific action you can talk to help fine-tune your result sets. Select “Run search as terms & connectors” from the “actions” dropdown, and your search results are narrowed with a click of a button.
Terms & Connectors from the Actions Dropdown
Note: You are always able to switch back and forth from a “terms & connectors” search to a “natural language” search by selecting the “Actions” dropdown.
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