Boolean searching, with connectors, allows you to do a more powerful, sophisticated search than a natural language search. You can, for example, control how closely words appear to each other and use synonyms.
AND - finds documents that contain all the terms.
Example: chocolate AND football AND virginia
OR - finds documents where any of the terms appear.
Example: lawyer OR attorney
W/n - finds documents where terms appear within a certain number of words of each other.
Example: dog w/5 cruelty
AND NOT - finds documents that do not include certain terms.
Example: bank AND NOT deregulate
W/S - finds documents with terms in the same sentence.
W/P - finds documents with terms in the same paragraph.
W/seg - finds documents with terms in the same segment.
Use an exclamation point (!) to replace more than one letter at the end of a word:
disab! = disability, disabilities, disable, disabled, disabling
Use an asterisk (*) to replace one letter in a word. It can be used more than once within a word:
lab**r = labor, labour (this will also find words like elaborately)
wom*n = woman, women
This is a basic search where you enter your terms in the search box, and LexisNexis uses an algorithm to return the best documents based on your terms and how often they appear.
You can use quotation marks to indicate phrases: "charitable trust"
LexisNexis breaks documents -- cases, regulations, law reviews -- into sections called Segments.
The types of Segments vary by document. For example,
You will find these Segments listed under "Advanced Options":
You can choose to search for selected words only in certain Segments of the document.
LexisNexis can display your list of results in several different ways. By:
Choose how to display your results from the Sort dropdown menu.