LexisNexis Academic is a subscription based full-text index service. From its main page, choose Legal Research.
On the Legal Research page, choose Get a Case. You will have 2 search options: search by name (which is the default search option), or search by citation.
You can enter the case name, such as New York Times v. Tasini. If you are not sure about the order, whether it is New York Times v. Tasini or Tasini v. New York Times, it does not matter. Either one will bring you the case.
If you want to search by legal citation, click the circle
after Citation to select this option, and enter the legal citation. Here
are some examples of legal citation:
418 U.S. 683
121 S. Ct. 2381
118 L. Ed. 2d 381
1992 U.S. LEXIS 2322
(Tip: you must enter the exact legal citation, including the periods or dots.)
Note: When searching under Get a Case by either
case name or legal citation, you don't have to know the court information
(whether it was Supreme Court, or other federal courts, or a state court).
Select either Federal Case Law or State Case Law on the Legal Research page. This means we cannot search cases of all kinds of courts at one time, though we can do it on Get a Case page when we know the name or citation.
On the default Basic search mode, you will see 2 keyword boxes, a court box and some date boxes. You may want to change the default court or date. If you are not sure about the date, you may want to select all available dates. Your keyword search in the Basic search mode will search the entire text of cases.
If you select Guided Search mode in either Federal or State case law, you can limit your keyword search to certain fields of the case texts. The default is full text (the entire case), but you can see these options if you click the arrow to pull down:
Can be used for:
To start a simple keyword search, simply enter your keyword(s) in the first box. You may leave the second box open
The default date is previous 6 months, you can make it longer or shorter, or choose a specific period of time
If you want to limit your search to a certain law review journal, or search a specific article when you know the citation, click on the Source List link and find the journal.
The atleast command. When you search law reviews in Basic search mode, your keywords will search the entire texts of law reviews. This may bring you some irrelevant results. The atleast command allows you to narrow down the search to more relevant articles. You can put your keyword within parenthesis and put atleast# (# can be a number of your choice) before the parentheses. e.g., atleast5(communication decency act). By entering that in the keyword box, you want the keyword to appear in the record at least 5 times. In this way, you may get fewer but better results. Note that there is no space between at and least and the number of your choice. This atleast command also works in other files of LexisNexis Academic and other databases produced by CIS such as LexisNexis Congressional. In the Guided Search mode for law reviews, you can choose to search certain fields (such as author or citation), or choose at least 3.
Bills: at LexisNexix Congressional (click Congressional on the left side of LexisNexis home)
Public Laws 1988+: at LexisNexis Congressional (old public laws at United States statutes at large in print or microfiche)
US Code: at both LexisNexis Academic and LexisNexis Congressional
Code of Federal Regulations: at both LexisNexis Academic and LexisNexis Congressional
State laws: at Academic Universe
US Code, public laws, federal regulations, Congressional bills, etc. can also be found through some free Web sites. Check library's law Web page for free sites.
Unlike other publications in LexisNexis, court cases and law reviews have page numbers within brackets. This allows them to be cited in the traditional way. Note: Typically a case has several sets of pagination by different citations and they are differentiated by the different numbers of * in the bracket. Be sure to know the one you are using and be consistent.
If you want to cite them as online resources, check Citing References under Help on LexisNexis page for examples and tips.
A. Save the entire file and read it in word processing software
You would like to know if there are federal laws, or regulations, or court cases about requiring TV programs to inform the viewers that political advertising is paid for by a certain individual or a group in political campaign. Please come up with some possible sources to search on LeixsNexis and possible keywords to use.