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ADJ 100: Survey of Criminal Justice (ELI): LexisNexis

This guide will introduce you to resources for ADJ 100 course assignments. If you have questions or comments, please contact Heather Blicher at


LexisNexis is a mix of journal articles, law reviews, courtcases, newspapers, and company profiles.

It is a great resource for information on your topic. You log in to this database using your myNOVA user name and password. 

LexisNexis Citations

Citation Tool:

Each article within this database has a citation tool . Here is how you find it:

1. Click the link to the article.

2. In the beige bar above the article to the right side of the screen, locate the Cite link. Click on the link.

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3. A box will appear on the screen.  To export the citation to a citation software like RefWorks, choose the appropriate option under "Export Type", chose APA from the "Style" dropdown menu, and click export.  To get a copy of the citation that you can copy and paste into your paper, choose the "Display Bibliographic Information in a New Window" option under "Export Type", chose APA from the "Style" dropdown menu, and click export.  Note: ADJ 100 uses APA.

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4. Copy and paste the citation into your document.  Remember to check the citation for errors after you have copied it. 

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Keep it Simple with a Keyword Search

Keyword Search:

For a more in depth explanation of searching, please click on the "Articles" tab above or here and go to the "Search Tips" box.

Select the most important 2-3 keywords. These are terms related to your topic. For instance, let's say your essay is on the disadvantages of pretrial detention. Your keywords could be:

pretrial detention and disadvantages

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LexisNexis - Advanced Options

1.The advanced search in LexisNexis gives you several options to limit your search results as well as the option to perform and more detailed search.

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2.  Use the Date option to limit your search to results for a specific date range.

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3.  You can limit to a specific source such as The New York Times by typing the source name into the Source box and choosing from the list that populates below.

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4.  You can search a specific content type by choosing one of the options in the Content Type section.  You can search either all types, newspapers, state and federal cases, law reviews, or company profiles.

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5.  Use the Build Your Own Segment Search box to build a more detailed search.  Select a segment type from the drop down menu.  Segment types will change depending on which content type you have limited to.  Segment types include things such as author name, abstract, judge, court, agency name, etc.  When you pick a segment type, text will populate in the box and you will replace InsertTermsHere with your keyword.  Use the AND, OR, and NOT buttons to connect more than one keyword.  Once you have picked all of your limiters and entered your search, click apply.

6.  You will now see your search appear in the main search box on the LexisNexis homepage.  Click search to be taken to your results.