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History 202: United States History, 14th Amendment

This guide is in support of the 14th Amendment group project for HST 202, United States History.

Using the Lexis-Nexis Database for Legal Research

The Lexis-Nexis database can be complicated and not user-friendly, but has a wealth of excellent content, including state, federal and Supreme Court cases and review articles from law journals. If you are not able to find what you need from the brief instructions below, contact the law librarian, Donald Page, using his contact information in the right hand box. You may also get assistance by using our Research Help page.

First access the Lexis-Nexis database here or from the databases link on the library home page and select letter "L" from the alphabetic list.


To find the complete text of Supreme Court, U.S. courts, or all 50 states court cases, use the "Look up a Legal Case" search box. You can search for a court case three ways: 1) With a numerical court citation, 2) With the two parties citation (usually plaintiff vs. defendant), or 3) With keywords or phrases (placed in quote marks).


To find the full text of law reviews, follow the brief instructions below. Law reviews are scholarly articles published in law journals, usually published by university law schools. The articles focus on legal issues of subjects written by professors, judges, legal practitioners and law students.

After opening the Lexis-Nexis database, do NOT use any of the six search boxes on the Lexis-Nexis home screen. Instead, use the blue links appearing on the left side of the screen and click on "US Legal," then click on "Law Reviews." This will lead you to a search screen where you can find law review articles.