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Top Tips

These expert, easy to follow tips come from years of consulting and are designed to save you time finding your way to the most efficient methods of using LexisNexis.

My Sources is now My Favourites.

Did you know My Sources was designed to list your favourite publications on LexisNexis NZ and may not necessarily list your entire subscription?
That’s why My Sources is now My Favourites.
Add/remove/sort shortcuts will allow you to amend your publication titles that are used most frequently, increasing your search and maximizing your subscription.

Date created: 21/8/2013

When searching, do you ever have part of the search parameters required to complete a search?

For example if you are searching for a case you may only have a one party name and know generally what the case is about.   
In this situation you can use multiple fields in order to narrow your search with the information you have.


Date created: 19/6/2013

Want a faster way to narrow and review a large list of results?

Go to Result Groups on the left to narrow by Topics or Table of Contents. Enter an additional key word or phrase in the Narrow search field to search within your existing search. Order by relevance using the sort drop-down at the top of the list.


Date created: 19/6/2013

Want to know what is in your subscription?

Click the Source Directory tab and view your full subscribed source list either by alphabetical list, or "Find", or by topic via "Browse".

Date created: 19/6/2013

Want to regularly run a particular search to stay current on changes in the law, news articles, etc?

Ask LexisNexis to automatically run a search and send you updated results via the Create Alert link located on the Results screen.

Date created: 19/6/2013

Want to save items to review later?

Bookmark your results by selecting the result and clicking the Delivery folder.  Your results will be stored in the view folder at the top right hand corner of the screen for up to 24 hours (if you have a login to LexisNexis).

Date created: 19/6/2013

Want to review research you completed earlier in the week?

Pull up searches you did a few days ago under the History/Alerts tab within the History tab.

Date created: 19/6/2013

Want to see expert commentary discussing your case?

Click the “Commentary” tab and type your case name into the Search Terms field.

Date created: 19/6/2013

Want to find precedents containing a key clause?

Type the required language in the “search terms” field under the Forms tab below the red bar.

Date created: 19/6/2013

Want to browse a resource like you had the book on your desk?

Use the “browse” option in the Sources section to provide an Index or Table of Contents of the publication.

Date created: 19/6/2013

Want to see where particular terms are legally defined within Legislation?

From the “Legislation” tab under the red bar, type the desired word or phrase into the “Defined Terms” field.

Date created: 19/6/2013

Not finding your Act when typing it into the search box?

LexisNexis views a bracket as a space. Thus, when typing in an Act, if you place a word or letter in a bracket it creates a space in your search. Accordingly, leave off the brackets when searching by name of the Act and search free text.


Date created: 19/6/2013

Do you want to see what the catchwords within a case are to quickly decide whether it is relevant?

Click on the Preview button to the right of the Results page.

Date created: 19/6/2013

Want more reading area on your screen?

Press F11 on your keyboard to hide toolbars, giving a full screen view for easier reading of documents.

Date created: 19/6/2013

Want to quickly share a document or list of results with a colleague?

Click the Link to this Search option in the upper right to copy and share a link to your research. NOTE: recipient must be a Lexis subscriber to view results.

Date created: 19/6/2013

Do you ever need to take a portion of text to drop into another document?

Highlight the text you are wanting to download and then copy and paste into the document you are working on.

Date created: 19/6/2013

Would you like to quickly access specific areas within LexisNexis NZ?

Create Shortcuts into LexisNexis NZ with our intranet tools. These intranet tools allow you to generate the HTML code for permanent links to LexisNexis NZ . These links can be then be saved to your organisation's intranet site or on your Internet browser's favourites. Note you must be a subscriber to LexisNexis NZ to use these tools. Click here to access these intranet tools

Date created: 19/6/2013

Would you like a word/words to appear a minimum number of times in a document?

Using the ATLEAST command allows you to specify the number of times a word/words must appear in a document. For example, to find documents that contain an in-depth discussion of the Care of Children Act, Enter: atleast5 ( care of children act ).
This search requires the Care of Children Act to appear in every document at least 5 times. You can use any number from 1 to 255 with the ATLEAST command.


Date created: 19/6/2013

Need to quickly assess the relevancy of your case results?

Change the view to Relevance when working withcase results. Or use the Preview button to view the catchwords of the case.

Date created: 19/6/2013

Need to search for phrases or legislation that contains the word "and" or "or"?

Use quotation marks around your search string to locate that precise phrase or title. For example, "competition and consumer act" or "assault and battery".

Date created: 19/6/2013

Having difficulty remembering the correct spelling for a case name?

The truncator, or exclamation mark, can be used in the middle of a case name, for example if you type Po!ski, LexisNexis NZ will bring back results including Polanski, Podolski etc.

Date created: 19/6/2013

Do you need to find two words not as a phrase?

If you would like to separate a phrase you can use the NOT W/N connector. The NOT W/N connector will search for your two words separated by a number of words. You simply replace the n with a number below we have selected 5 words.
For example: enter in income not w/5 tax .

Date created: 19/6/2013

Ever wanted to be up to date with the latest legal developments but don't want the Scheduled Search flooding your inbox?

Click on the Copy Results Link icon after you perform your search, copy and paste the link into the URL address of your internet browser, and save it to your favourites. You can then repeat the search from your internet browser for future reference.

Date created: 19/6/2013

Need to quickly understand the content sources of the New Zealand Law Reports?

Simply click on the 'i' icon next to the NZ Law Reports located within the  Sources section of the LexisNexis NZ home page. This will outline the NZLR's source information

Date created: 19/6/2013

Need to quickly locate cases on a section of an Act?

Go to the section of the Act and then use the compendium to locate cases.  Then go to the Cases tab and in the Search Terms field type in the name of the Act then the w/s connector and then the section number (twice) e.g. companies act 1993 w/s 131 or s131.

Date created: 19/6/2013

Need to quick overview of the content within your results?

Selecting Preview on your results page allows you to quickly see the beginning details of the document.

Date created: 19/6/2013

Need to search a specific section within a document?

On the LNNZ search form, expand the Show options to search specific docuement sections. Click on the Search within dropdown and select your desired section eg: Defined-terms.  Type in a word or phrase into the Using Terms field eg: jury.  Click the blue Add to Search button. This will now appear in the Search Terms field.  Click Search.  This will find all occassions where the word Jury has been defined accross the LNNZ resources.

Date created: 19/6/2013

Searching for International Cases.

Within the Cases tab, select the International Cases Link. This takes you to the International Cases search form, then select from the Sources dropdown the source you wish to search across eg:  All England Law Reports. Type in your desired search into the Search Terms field and click on Search.

Date created: 04/9/2013