Nexis Uni (previously known as LexisNexis Academic) is a powerful search tool and a rich source of information for a wide range of topics including business, law, environment, health and medicine, government, consumer, biographies/people, country profiles, and news.
Legal information in Nexis Uni includes the full text to the following:
Case law involves decisions made by the courts/judges, published in 'reporters.' The judicial branch of the government interprets the laws passed by the legislative and executive branches and hears actions to enforce the requirements.
A typical citation:
Loving v. Virginia
Includes the name of the case, physical volumes, the court reporter (here U.S. stands for U.S. Reports, which are federal Supreme Court reporters), and the page number where the case begins.
You can quickly find a case on Nexis Uni in a variety ways. When looking for cases, it is best to search by the citation because you go directly to the case.
From the home page, you can create a simple search targeting a particular type of content through the Task Pods. Click on the content type that you want to search and fill in the available options.
Shepard's provides a comprehensive case citation and treatment history to verify the validity of case law, statutes, agency opinion, and other legal document. When you shepardize a case, you will find "citing decisions" that refer to the original case. Those appeals may affirm, question, or overturn the original case.
When you retrieve cases in Nexis Uni, the case will have one of seven possible Signal Indicators (icon) right before the title. The icon indicates how citing cases refer to the case.
The free registration option allows users to create a Nexis Uni account by providing their name and email address. Once you have created an account, you can take advantage of several useful customization features.
Some of the features available if you register:
This guide highlights only a small portion of the many resources available to you. If you're not finding what you need, don't hesitate to contact Andrea!
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