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Lexis nexis

LexisNexis® Academic  offers access to more than 15,000 credible business, legal, and news sources

and provides the following Search Forms:

 Legal-research sources:

  • Full text of articles from law reviews and journals—more than 800 publications
  • Federal and state cases and statutes, including U.S. Supreme Court Decisions since 1790
  • Federal regulations, including The Federal Register, Code of Federal Regulations, and Federal Acquisition Regulations and Supplements
  • Shepard’s® Citations Service
  • More than 1,500 legal newspapers, magazines, and newsletters
  • Tax materials, including IRS Bulletin, IRS regulations, The Tax Lawyer (ABA), The Tax Adviser (AICPA®), and more
  • Patents from 1790 forward
  • European Union law from the LEX EU law database and international case law from a number of other countries
  • Law school directories, including Martindale Hubbell® Law Directory and NALP Directory of Law Schools

Business content:

  • LexisNexis® Company Dossier for detailed financials, competitive information and SWOT analysis of more than 80 million public, private, and international companies
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  • LexisNexis® Industry Dossier delivers specialized, in-depth reports that help you investigate various industry dynamics, financial metrics, and macroeconomics, all provided in an easy-to-use format
  • Securities Exchange Commission filings and reports, including SEC 10-Q Reports, SEC 10-K Reports, SEC 8-K Reports, SEC 20-F Reports, SEC Annual Reports to Shareholders, Proxy Statements, Prospectuses, Registration, and Williams Act Filings

News coverage:

  • Full text of articles from more than 2,500 newspapers, including top-tier news publications such as The New York Times® and The Washington Post® and local, national, and international sources
  • News from more than 300 local and regional newspapers, blogs and other web sources via WebNews. WebNews aggregates relevant information from the websites of newspapers that are not formally included in LexisNexis Academic subscription such as The Times-Picayune, the Seattle Times, The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette and the Orlando Sentinel.
  • Full text of articles from more than 1,000 magazines and journals and more than 1,000 newsletters, such as American Journalism Review, Business and Finance Week, Newsweek®, Library Journal®, New Republic, and Variety
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Easy Search

Easy Search form contains 6 search widgets:

  • Search the News
  • Look up a Legal Case
  • Get Company Info
  • Research Companies
  • Research People
  • Combined Search (this widget searches different types of content at once)

Check out our help text for the Easy Search article if you want more information.

Easy Search


Legal Search: Get A Case


Follow the instructions below to find a specific case in the Legal Search form in LexisNexis Academic.

The easiest way to look up a case is to use the Look Up A Legal Case widget on the Easy Search Form. Below, is another way!

After clicking the US Legal Tab,

  1. Click the "Federal & State Cases" link on the right side of the screen.
  2. If you would like to get a case by case name, enter a name (or both names) in the box. Although the formal name of the case is "Roe v. Wade", entering "Wade v. Roe" will return the same results. If you would like to get a case by citation number, enter the citation inside the "Citation Number" box.
  3. Select Party Name or Citation from the drop-down box depending on which field you would like to search under.Watch this Tutorial on YouTube
Watch this Tutorial on YouTube


Shepard's Citations


  • 1 Shepard's Citations
    • 1.1 Using the Shepard's® Citations Service in LexisNexis Academic to find out the status of a case.
      • 1.1.1 Shepardizing® from within the full-text view of a case
      • 1.1.2 Starting with a known citation
    • 1.2 Reading the Shepard's Report
    • 1.3 Shepard's Signals

Shepard's Citations

The Shepard's Citations Service provides a comprehensive case citation and treatment history to verify the validity of case law, statutes, agency opinions, and other legal documents. Only case law is covered in LexisNexis Academic.

Shepardizing™ is the practice of using the Shepard's Citations Service to validate a citation.

When you Shepardize® a case, LexisNexis provides a report showing every opinion where that case has been referenced, all treatments of the case, and, most importantly, whether or not the case is "good law." If the case has been overruled, it is considered "bad law" and may no longer be cited as a legal precedent.


Using the Shepard's® Citations Service in LexisNexis Academic to find out the status of a case.

Shepardizing® from within the full-text view of a case

  • You can Shepardize® any US federal or state case in LexisNexis Academic
  • Open the full text view of the case
  • Use the "Next Steps" dropdown box at the top right of the case to select "Shepardize®" OR click on the Shepard's Signal at top left

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Starting with a known citation

  • If you know the legal citation in proper Blue Book citation format you can use the Shepard's Citations form
  • Click the "US Legal" search tab at the top of the LexisNexis Academic browser window.
  • Select the "Shepard's" option from the navigation menu at left
  • Enter your citation in the proper format, for example: 349 U.S. 294
  • If you are unsure of the exact format to use, click the "Citations Formats" link next to the search box.
  • Click the "Check" button

When the LexisNexis® research services display your Shepard's report, click the FOCUS™ - Restrict By link to customize your report. Click the case name links within the list of citing references to view the full text of a particular case. Click your Back button to return to previously displayed pages.

Reading the Shepard's Report

A Shepard's report for case law or law review citations could include the following information, if available:

  • Case name, citation, court designation, and year
  • Prior case history and subsequent appellate history (direct history, and one level of indirect history, if any)
  • Shepard's editorial treatment analysis codes
  • Citing references, including the following citations:
   * Case law citations with editorial treatment analysis
   * Annotated statutes
   * Law reviews and bar journals
   * Agency Decisions
   * Matthew Bender treatises -- not available in LexisNexis Academic
   * Restatements
   * Court documents (Briefs, pleadings, motions) -- not available in LexisNexis Academic
   * L.Ed annotations -- not available in LexisNexis Academic

In the sample report shown below, you will find:

1. "Restrict By" tool that lets you limit the types of citations included on the report, a count of the citations currently shown, and the headline starting with "Unrestricted Shepard's Summary" indicating that they are no restrictions to the citations shown in the current report.

2. Citation to the case being Shepardized, with Signal showing its status.

3. Alternate citations to the same case as it appears in other legal reporters.

4. The Shepard's Summary, showing the number of citations according to how their treatment of the case being Shepardized.

5. Links to LexisNexis headnotes, which expound the points of law involved in the case and its treatment

6. Prior History

7. Subsequent Appellate History (click on link to display)

8. Shepard's report of cases citing the case being Shepardized.

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Shepard's Signals

The Shepard's Signal Marker indicates the standing of your case as treated by other cases.

Shepred.gif Warning Negative treatment indicated. Includes the following analyses:
  • Overruled by
  • Superceded by
  • Revoked
  • Obsolete
  • Rescinded
Sheporange.gif Questioned Validity questioned by citing references. Includes the following analyses:
  • Questioned by
Shepyellow.gif Caution Possible negative treatment indicated. Includes the following analyses:
  • Limited
  • Criticized by
  • Clarified
  • Modified
  • Corrected
Shepgreen.gif Positive Positive treatment indicated.

Includes the following analyses:

  • Followed
  • Affirmed
  • Approved
Shep circled a.gif Citing References with Analysis Other cases cited the case and assigned some analysis that is not considered positive or negative. Includes the following analyses:
  • Appeal denied by
  • Writ of certiorari denied
Shep circled i.gif Citation Information References have not applied any analysis to the citation. For example the case was cited by case law or law reviews that do not warrant an analysis. Includes the analysis:
  • Cited by.