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About LexisNexis Academic

If you have experience with Westlaw or regular (non-academic) LexisNexis, here are a few things you should know about LexisNexis Academic:

The Good:

1. LexisNexis Academic has Florida Statutes Annotated - this is a great place to start your research.

2. LexisNexis Academic has annotated Florida cases.

3. When a document or annotation in LexisNexis Academic references another document, a direct link to the referenced document is provided.

The Bad:

1. You CANNOT Shepardize statutes in LexisNexis Academic - you can ONLY Shepardize cases.

2. Florida Jurisprudence (FlaJur) is NOT in LexisNexis Academic. The Clearwater campus does have the up-to-date print set of FlaJur.

3. You will not find treatises in LexisNexis Academic. We have many treatises in the Clearwater print collection.

4. LexisNexis Academic does not contain Florida Causes of Action - we have the print version at the Clearwater campus.

The Ugly:

1. LexisNexis Academic does not have a very intuitive search platform. Use the tutorials on this guide and the tutorials available within LexisNexis Academic (on the left side of the home screen). Contact your librarian if you need help.


Common Lexis Searches

Setting up the Lexis search form to find what you are looking for can be a pain. Here are some pre-set search forms for common Lexis searches:

LEXIS NEXIS Search Operators (Boolean Searching)

Searching is not case sensitive (use of capital letters vs. small letters do not matter.)

Use truncation and wildcards to include word variations.  The truncation (!) and wildcard (*) characters let you easily combine or eliminate search terms, making your search simpler.

  •  !  Finds a root word plus any word made by adding letters to the end of it.
  •  recycl!  finds "recycle," "recycling" and "recyclable."
  •  Holds one space for a character at any point in a word:
  •  bernst**n  finds the "ei" and the "ie" spelling of the name

Link the search terms using connectors. Connectors such as OR, AND, W/N, and so on define relationships between your search terms. USE:

  •  AND to find articles with BOTH keywords in the text: 
    •   Bigamy and child custody
  •  OR to find one or the other of the words or phrases , for example the search
  •  container or package finds one or the other keyword
  •  AND NOT connector to find documents in which a  keyword is to be excluded.
    •  trust AND NOT charitable

  •  W/N (you type a number)   to find keywords within so many words of each other
    •  recycl! W/25 fast food W/10 container OR package

  • Connector Order and Priority. Connectors operate in the following order of priority:
    • OR
    • W/n, PRE/n, NOT W/n
    • W/sent
    • W/para
    • W/SEG
    • NOT W/SEG
    • AND
    • AND NOT

If you use two or more of the same connector, they operate left to right. If the "n" (number) connectors have different numbers, the smallest number is operated on first. Example:  bankrupt! W/25 discharg! AND student OR college OR education W/5 loan -- is searched in the following manner:

  • OR has the highest priority, it is searched first and creates the unit of student OR college OR education!
  • W/5, the smaller number of the W/n connectors, ties together the term loan and the previously formed unit of student OR college OR education! .
  • W/25 operates next and creates a unit of bankrupt! W/25 discharg!
  • AND, has the lowest priority, is searched last .


Adapted from LNA Tutorials