Answered By: Kathryn Ray Last Updated: Feb 16, 2023 Views: 5
The University Library subscribes to Nexis Uni which is the academic version of Lexis Nexis. Only Washington College of Law students have access to the full version of LexisNexis.
The University Library subscribes to Westlaw Campus Research, This link opens in a new windowa legal research tool for US federal and state law. Students can search by jurisdiction or practice area. Focus is on primary legal sources, with treatise and news content for additional context.
Students should also consult the Subject Guide to Legal Studies.
Here is a description of what you can find in Nexis Uni:
What is a Nexis Uni® Search?
With thousands of news, legal, and business sources, Nexis Uni helps you find credible sources, including:
- Print and online journals, television and radio broadcasts, newswires, and blogs
- Local, regional, national and international newspapers with deep archives
- Extensive legal sources for federal and state cases and statutes, including U.S. Supreme Court decisions since 1790
- Unparalleled business information on more than 80 million U.S. and international companies and more than 75 million executives
The main search box on the Nexis Uni home page allows you to quickly conduct either natural language or complex Terms and Connectors searches across the entire content collection, but other options on the page offer other distinctive ways to find the information you need. For example, curated discipline pages present related content to the topic, top publications, and specialized search forms. These can be useful either if you're a new student who wants to learn about a discipline or if you are an advanced student who needs fast, current awareness within your field of study.
Then, task-based search tabs allow first-year students to quickly conduct research for common assignments, such as writing a paper on the pros and cons of a topic or creating an in-depth company profile, while a predictive search function suggests likely sources or keywords as terms are typed into the search box.
Finally, pre-search and post-search filtering lets you quickly identify highly relevant results based on location, jurisdiction, publication type, subject, industry, geography, or timeline.
Note: The search box will initially detect what type of search you are trying to run and run the search accordingly. If you include connectors (like AND, or OR) in the search, Nexis Uni will run the search as a Boolean search. If you do not include any connectors, the search will run as Natural Language.