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Ravel View Now Available on Lexis Advance

Lexis Advance case law searches now have a new, time-saving feature: Ravel View. This revolutionary search visualization tool instantly provides a sort of bird’s eye view of the research forest. Ravel View maps the top 75 case search results on a grid, so it visually explains the relationship between cases, the importance of each case, relevance to search results, and Shepard’s treatment.

Here’s how it works. Each case on the grid is represented by a circle, and the bigger the circle, the more times the case has been cited. This means that seminal cases are quickly identifiable, saving considerable time and effort for the harried researcher. The grid’s horizontal axis represents time, and shows the progression of cases from old to new from left to right. The vertical axis represents jurisdiction, with the highest federal court at the top, followed by other federal courts and state courts at the bottom. Cases that are more relevant to the search query are positioned higher within these jurisdiction segments. It is also possible to sort the results along the vertical axis by relevance alone—simply switch the “Sort by” option from Court to Relevance. When there is a citing relationship between two cases, lines connect the circles to one another. Hover over one of the circles, and color-coded lines reveal Shepard’s treatment. The result of putting all these features together is that instead of spending hours scrolling, sifting, and sorting through search results, researchers can see the big picture with a click of the Ravel View icon. It’s located in the upper right corner of the case search results and looks like this: RavelBelow is an example of mapped case search results after clicking on one of the cases in the grid:

Ravel View

After selecting one of the cases, hovering over another case displays a pop-up box that explains the citing relationship between the two, as well as a snippet of the relevant section of the opinion. All the usual filters are also available, so the results displayed on the grid can be searched for additional key words or narrowed to a particular jurisdiction or date range.

Come to the Law Library to see Ravel View in action! The Library provides two hours per day of free access to Lexis Advance and other research databases.

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LexisAdvance Week: Tip #3

LexisAdvance Tip #3 – (Also works with West/Rutter and CEB): Access Materials directly from our Catalog page when you are at the law library!

When using library computers (or our WiFi network), you can access Matthew Bender Practice Guides from our catalog…

Tip 3 Bender Catalog Entry

From our Catalog Page, simply enter the Lexis or Matthew Bender title that you would like to access…

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Notice that the results list, below, has a hyperlink to access Electronic Resources. From that hyperlink…

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You can directly access California Forms of Pleading and Practice Annotated. (Note that this also works for many of our West/Rutter, CEB, and other titles).

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Tomorrow: Tip 4!

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LexisAdvance Week: Tip #2

Lexis Tip 2 –Set a Customized Start Page for your LexisAdvance Session

If you know you want to limit your research to a certain jurisdiction, such as California state materials, you can save time by setting  California (or your desired jurisdiction) as your start page for your entire session. Then, whenever you start a new search, you will start from the California page instead of the main LexisAdvance page.

First, from the LexisAdvance start page, select “State” (the third tab from the left)

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On the next screen, select California, or the jurisdiction that you will want to use as a default.

The next screen that will Show allows you to select the California (or preferred jurisdiction) Practice Center. Select it (on the right, below the Green text)

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The next screen, below, is the California Practice Center. To make this your default page when you want to start a new search…

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Select Actions (the red drop down menu heading, above.)

Then click on the first option: “Make this my research start page.”

This can save you time for the remainder of your session if you know you only want to search a specific jurisdiction.

Tomorrow: Tip # 3

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Lexis Advance Free MCLE – Part 2

PDF iconWednesday, August 2, 2017, Noon to 1:00pm, Lexis Advance Training Part 2:
Drinking from a Fire Hydrant: Basic Legal Research in the Age of Technology
Presented by Rebecca Cattich, Esq., Solutions Consultant, LexisNexis
1 Hour of free Participatory MCLE Credit
Learn the fundamentals of Lexis Advance. The topics covered will include: using the interface, selecting sources, using citations and party names, refining searches, working with sections of a case , and other Lexis Advance topics. This program will build on basic topics introduced in the July 13 program.
Download this free Lexis Advance user guide.

August 2 2017 Lexis MCLE Flyer