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Nexis Uni

Nexis Uni (formerly Lexis Nexis) is a comprehensive databse including news, business, and legal research.

Finding Cases

Search in the big box, either by Citation (i.e., 834 N.E.2d 432), by Parties (i.e.,   Brown  v. board of education) or by Topic (i.e., free speech and campus)

Then click on the magnifying glass on the left hand side to conduct the search

search for Brown vs. Board of education in the large search box.  Highlight around magnifying glass as location to search


On your results page, you’ll see all types of resources associated with the case.

Narrow your results to just cases, by clicking on Cases  in the left hand menu.

On the next page, you’ll see all types of resources associated with the case. Narrow your results to just cases, by clicking on Cases (highlighted in pic)  in the left hand menu.

Alternatively, you can narrow for cases before you search.

Screenshot of Nexis Uni with three arrows. 1) pointing to Search Terms added.  2) pointing to the phrase "all nexis uni"

Guided search is great for finding unknown cases.

Once you select cases,

  • You will be given an option to "Enter a jurisdiction." Under that,  "choose Federal Cases or State Cases."   Enter a state name or leave blank to search all states. 
  • Under about, type your topic.
  • And under "all dates" choose from the date options. 


Nexis Uni Screenshot of the Guided Search for cases limited to NJ.

To get to advanced search, click on the text "Advanced Search" under the big search box. 

Screenshot from NexisUni - Advanced Search is highlighted below the search box

Leave as the default to "search everything."  To limit to cases, click on "Select a specific content type" and then click "Cases."

Screenshot of NexisUni - Select a specific content type - Cases

The search boxes below will guide you to employ advanced searching techniques.

For example, if you want to find the phrase guidance counselor,  type this phrase in the box that reads "all of these terms."  After you have filled out your box(es), click the Add button. This will add those terms with the proper advanced search commands.

screenshot Nexis Uni with terms filled in the boxed.  The Add button is highlighted


In this picture, you can see the search terms added to the search box

Screenshot nexis uni with terms applied to search box

These advanced search commands are also to the left of the terms boxes so you can types these (and other power commands) in yourself.


Furthermore there are options to search through other fields. If you are searching just through cases, on the right hand side will be Segment Examples, which you can click on to see all the various examples

Screenshot of NexisUni - document/segment fields and segment examples

When you have too many results, always use the left hand gray menu to narrow or search within your results.

Screenshot of NexisUni results limiters1

screenshot of nexis uni results limits2

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screenshot of nexis uni results limits3

How to find the permalink in a Nexis Uni record:

  1. Once you find an article that you want to use, look at the top right of the page and locate the Actions drop-down menu.
  2. Click on the drop-down menu, and select Link to this page.
  3. Right-click on the bold text and select Copy.
  4. Click on the Close button to close the box.

select actions after the title of the case (at the top)


On the right hand side of any case, see the Shephardizing information. Basically you will see how the case has been cited and used positively or negatively.

Screenshot nexis uni case to show shephardizing info to the right