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SOC 4150 Sociology of Law: Library databases


The databases demoed in class are below.  Also consult the complete list of Databases by Subject to determine which other databases are related to your research.

Nexis Uni Tutorial

Advanced Search

  1. While viewing the Nexis Uni Home page, click the Advanced Search link. The page changes to show your advanced search options.
  2. Choose the content type in which you want to search: All, News, Company and Financial, or Legal.
  3. Then, if available, choose the sub-content type from the list of options that appear.
  4. Enter your search term or phrase in the search box.
  5. Narrow your search results by content type, data, publication type, etc. using the boxeson the  left side of the scren.

Guided Search

Use the guided search box to create a simple search targeting a particular type of content, such as news, legal cases, or publications.

  1. At the Nexis Uni home page, locate the Guided Search box.
  2. Choose the type of content you want to search in the What are you interested in? box
  3. Fill out the boxes to right, these will differ depending on the content type you are searching for.
  4. Click Search. Your results appear.

Screenshot of Guided Search box on Nexis Uni Page.

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Westlaw Tutorial

Advanced Search

  1. While viewing the Westlaw Home page, click the Advanced link. The page changes to show a template in which you can build a search query.
  2. Type your terms in the appropriate text boxes.
  3. If wanted, use Term Frequency to select the terms that must be included in your retrieved documents, then set the frequency for each item checked.
  4. Click the Jurisdiction link if you want to change the jurisdiction
  5. Click Search.
  6. Narrow your search results by content type, jurisdiction, date, topic, etc. using the box on the left side of the screen.

Screenshot of Westlaw Advanced Search screen

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