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Lexis Library: How to use Lexis Library: Lexis Library Cases

How to access the Lexis Library database service and use it to find: case law, legislation, journal articles and more. This also includes information about how to access international materials on Lexis Library.


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Lexis Library Cases Search

Lexis®Library – contains the full-text many law reports and official transcripts as well as ‘Case Overview’ analysis documents.

You can use the simple search box at the top of the Home page or the 'Find a Title..' option to search for cases. However, for more search options you may prefer to use the main 'Cases' search screen.

Select ‘Cases’ on the menu bar at the top of the screen. This takes you to the ‘Cases’ search screen, where you can search by 'Case name', 'Search terms' or 'Citation'.

Advanced search options include specifying 'Judgment date', 'Court' and 'Judges'.

Once you have retrieved results, you can use the Case Overview document for a case to check its status and find out whether it can still be considered good law or whether it has been overruled or reversed. The Case Overview document also provides you with other supplementary information about the case.


How to use Lexis Library Cases search to find cases by:

e.g. Campbell v Mirror Group Newspapers

You can search by party names by entering these in the ‘Case Name’ boxes.

e.g. [2004] 2 AC 457

You can search by citation by entering this in the ‘Citation’ field.

e.g. Confidence and data protection; Disclosure by newspaper; fashion model; drug addict

You can search using other terms by entering these in the ‘Search terms’ box.

Use connectors to link your terms. For help using connectors, follow the ‘Search tips’ link.

Tip: You can choose topics (subjects) by selecting 'Add topics to search', selecting the topics in the Subject Directory and then selecting 'OK-Add to Search'. To limit search terms to those found in the 'catchwords' or 'headnote' of a case in the 'Advanced search' options, enter these in the 'Summary' box.

On the cases ‘Search’ screen, select the ‘Browse’ link in the left-hand column.

You can then navigate from report series title, to volume, to case by using +/-.

Select the case name to view full-text.

Lexis Library Cases search results

The search results list displays records matching your query.

Records include individual reports and transcripts of a case as well as ‘Case Overview’ analysis documents.

Select the case name to view the document.

How to check the status of a case on Lexis Library

The 'Case Overview' document helps you check whether a case can still be relied on as good law.

  1. From the Cases search screen, select the ‘Case Overview’ link (in the left of the screen).
  2. Find the case using the Case Overview search.
  3. Follow the link to the relevant Case Overview document.
  4. Look at the ‘Case history’ and ‘Cases referring to this case’ sections. These indicate whether the case has been overruled, reversed, affirmed or otherwise considered.

Tip: A red warning icon is also displayed in records for cases which are no longer authority.

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