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Subject Searching on Lexis Advance

Topic Hierarchy

Click on "Browse Topics" above the main search box:


Or Use the Search Box

Or Expand a Practice Area


"One Good Case Method"

LexisNexis Headnotes are key legal points of a case drawn directly from the language of the court. Each headnote is assigned one or more corresponding Topics.

You can use a relevant headnote to find additional authority in the same or different jurisdiction.

The following is a headnote and its associated Topics from Bussell v. Tri-County Humane Society, 50 S.W.3d 303 (Mo. Ct. App. 2001)

Click on one of the subtopics, and see all documents tagged with that topic.

see where it falls with the overall topic index

Word and Terms & Connectors Searching on Lexis Advance

For an introduction to Word and Terms & Connectors searching on Lexis Advance, see LRM: Searching Bloomberg Law, Lexis Advance and WestlawNext.


  • When selecting terms to search, be sure to include legal terms. If you know a "term of art" use it.
  • Fields are called "Segments" in Lexis Advance.
    • The segments available for U.S. cases are:
      • cite
      • name
      • court
      • summary
      • number
      • judges
      • writtenby
      • attorney
    • To search for terms within a particular segment, enter your search, beginning with the segment name and followed by your search terms in parentheses. E.g., writtenby(o'connor)