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Basic Terms & Connectors Searching

This research guide will offer help with basic terms and connectors searching in Lexis Advance, Westlaw, and Bloomberg Law.

CALI Lessons

Introduction to Search Logic & Strategies (45 min.):

http://www.cali.org/lesson/1121

The lesson is designed for students taking an introductory legal research course who are already somewhat familiar with online research on Westlaw and LexisNexis. Students will learn about keyword search formulation strategies and the mechanics of Boolean searching on both systems. This lesson will be useful for students with basic or intermediate keyword searching knowledge and experience.

Available to Law Students only (see a reference librarian if you do not have a CALI activation code).

Overview

What is terms and connectors searching?

Boolean searching, also known as terms and connectors searching, was named after the mathematician George Boole.  Boole helped establish the field of symbolic logic otherwise known as Boolean algebra. Basically, what he did was apply algebra to human logic.  Most electronic databases can be searched using Boolean logic.

An Acronym for the steps to Electronic Searching:  DSMQ

D - Define your issue

S - Select your source

M - Choose your search method

Q - Construct your search query

Lexis, Westlaw, and Bloomberg Law General Information

The Law Library subscribes to Lexis, Westlaw, and Bloomberg Law. We currently have access to the older "classic" interface on Westlaw and to the new interfaces, WestlawNext and Lexis Advance. Lexis, Westlaw, and Bloomberg Law accounts are available only to UC law faculty, law staff, and currently-enrolled UC law students.

Use the links below to connect to Lexis, Lexis Advance, Westlaw, or WestlawNext:

Westlaw, Lexis, and Bloomberg Law all have 24/7 research and tech support customer service. If you need help with online research outside of library hours, use these numbers:

  • For Westlaw research support, dial 1-800-REF-ATTY.
  • For Westlaw technical support (password troubleshooting), dial 1-800-937-8529.
  • For Lexis research, password, and technical support, dial 1-800-45-LEXIS.

  • For Bloomberg Law research and technical support, dial 1-888-560-2529.
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