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When in the Lexis+ research system, click on MORE in the upper left, and select LIVE CHAT SUPPORT.

Our School's Lexis Representative:
Jennifer Durkin

Law Library Lexis Contact:
Sue Altmeyer

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Terms and connectors and natural language on Lexis+

  • BOTH the big search box AND Search within Results can process natural language and terms and connectors.
  • If you use and, or, /p, /s, /n your search will be converted to terms and connectors.  If you have some words in the search that do not have connectors, Lexis+ interprets this as a phrase (interprets it as a blank space between the words. ) Example: dna sample arrested and "serious crime"   should be:  dna and sample and arrest! and "serious crime" (or even better: dna and (collect! or sample or profile) and (arrest! or accus! or custody or "facing charges:) and "serious crime"
  • If you use quotation marks or ! it will NOT convert the search to terms and connectors.  It will still be run as a natural language search.  Example:  "undue influence" will

Why it is important to Shepardize

Lexis and Westlaw Order of Operations

Note that Westlaw uses BUT NOT or % for not.

You can always use parenthesis, (), to change the order of processing.

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