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SW 232: Social Work and Education Policy: Help?!

Connecting from Off Campus

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Finding Briefs in Lexis Nexis

You can use LexisNexis Academic to find Supreme Court Briefs.  To do so, you will need the case docket number, which is available from Oyez. Here are the steps for searching for briefs:

  1. Go to LexisNexis Academic.
  2. Click on Advanced Options under the search box.
  3. In the box for Source, enter: U.S. Supreme Court Briefs, and chose it from the list that appears.
  4. Enter your date limits in the date box.  TIP: Use Jan 1 from the year before your case was decided as your start date, and the date your case was decided as your end date)
  5. Scroll down and click the Apply button.
  6. Enter the docket number for your case.  Click search.

One point to keep in mind.  If you see results that do not match the name of your case, do not panic.  LexisNexis Academic does not change the names of the cases on the briefs, and some of the briefs have different names than the name of the case.  This could occur for a number of reasons, but the docket number is what ties the briefs together.

Lexis Nexis Tips

  1. Use truncation (wildcard) to search different forms of the word (child* retrieves child, child's, children)
  2. Use 'proximity connectors' -- w/[number], for example (youth or adolescent or teen*) w/25 homeless*. (You can also use w/s for within sentence, or w/p for within paragraph but you can't also combine these with the number of words.)
  3. Change the display to Expanded List -- shows you your search terms, plus a few words on either side.
  4. Change display to Relevance if it is on Chronological (if date is really important to you, restrict to the date range you want in the search box).
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