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JOUR702 - Journalism Law and Ethics

Resources to support students taking Journalism 702 - Journalism Law and Ethics

Look up a Legal Case Widget

The default news search on the main LexisNexis screen is the Look up a Legal Case widget, located in the center of the screen.

To access the Look up a Legal Case widget, click on the drop-down arrow at the end of the box to expand the widget

Look up a Legal Case Screenshot

Look up a Legal Case Lookup Screenshot

Cases can be located in the following ways:

  • By citation – using all three parts of a legal citation (volume, reporter, page) such as:    483 U.S. 522
    • Note: Click on Citation Help in the widget for help in entering citations 
  • By parties – using one or both party names
  • By topic – searches the headnotes of cases for keywords entered.

Note the links to help for citations, and locating cases and law reviews.

Legal Case Advanced Search Options

For a more targeted search of legal materials, review the Legal section within the Search by Content Type menu 

Search By Content Type Drop-down Screenshot

Select the type of legal content you wish to search:

  • Federal and State Cases
  • Landmark Cases
  • Law Reviews
  • State Statutes and Regulations
  • Shepard's Citations
  • Federal Statutes and Regulations
  • Legal Reference 
  • Patent Search

Once you have selected the type of legal material you wish to search, click on the Advanced Options arrow under the main search box. Advanced options will vary depending on the type of legal material you are researching.

Note: You may also limit your search by date using the date restriction boxes. For a search of specific segments of the document, use the Build Your Own Segment Search Box. (Detailed information on how to Build Your Own Search using segments is available from Lexis.)

Lexis Legal Advanced Search Screenshot

Click Apply to apply all of your search restrictions and search terms. Search terms will appear inside the main search box, while restrictions will be listed below the search window:

Lexis Case Search Box Screenshot

Click Search.

Locating Law Reviews

Law Reviews are the scholarly journals for the law profession, and can be useful for locating background information and analysis of a court case or legal topic. One advantage of searching for law reviews in LexisNexis is that the case names cited within the review are hyperlinked to the actual case. 

To search law reviews, go to the Legal section within the Search by Content Type menu  and select Law Reviews

Searching for law reviews is similar to searching for news articles. You can use the same advanced search features (truncation, /n command) that you use in other advanced options windows:

Click Apply to apply all of your search restrictions and search terms. Search terms will appear inside the main search box, while restrictions will be listed below the search window.

Click Search.

Legal Reference Materials

In addition to locating laws, regulations, court cases and law reviews, you can also take advantage of a number of legal reference materials in LexisNexis.

Go to the Legal section within the Search by Content Type menu and select Legal Reference. Click on Advanced Options to search the following resources:

  • American Jurisprudence 2d (also known as AmJur2d) - A comprehensive encyclopedia of state and federal law
  • Ballentine's Law Dictionary - Useful for clarifying legal terms
  • Bieber's Dictionary of Legal Abbreviations
  • Modern Dictionary for the Legal Profession
  • LexisNexis Legal Directories

Click Apply to apply all of your search restrictions and search terms. Search terms will appear inside the main search box, while restrictions will be listed below the search window.

Click Search.