Answered By: APUS Librarians
Last Updated: Jul 10, 2023     Views: 2060

New to using Nexis Uni?  
Start with this Introduction to Nexis Uni video to learn how to access and use Nexis Uni more effectively.

To find a legal case (State, Federal, or Supreme Court), start with Nexis Uni:

1.Enter the library through the link in your classroom.

2. Select Nexis Uni from the A-Z Databases link under the main search box on the library's homepage. 

Then follow the instructions below:

If you want to search for cases on a topic, click the cases button under “guided search." Next, select your jurisdiction (state or federal cases).  Then, enter a few keywords and select your dates.  Watch a Short Tutorial demonstrating how to locate a case by topic.


NexisUni case search


If you have the case’s citation, simply paste it into the main search box and click the red magnifying glass (include only the reporter and page numbers—no need to include the parties or year of the decision): Watch a short tutorial of how to Locate a Legal Case by Citation

Find a case in Nexis Uni


If you have no citation, the best way to find the case is to try a Document Segment or Field Search with the names of the parties. First, click Advanced Search, beneath the main search box:

Find a case in Nexis Uni


At the Advanced Search page, click the “Legal" heading.  Along the left side of the screen, click "Cases" and then choose the country that you would like to explore.

Nexis Uni Advanced Case Search

On the next page, use the "All Fields" menu to select party name (or use another field, if you have different information).  Type in the names and scroll down to click the red search button.


Note: You may need to do some filtering, if the names of the parties are common or if the same case was heard in various courts.


For a more detailed tutorial, visit Nexis Uni®: Learn the ABCs of Legal Research—Level 1.

See also:  Search Like a Pro with These Nexis Search Pro Tips


See Also:

Visit this page for directions on how to find a legal case using Fastcase.

Legal Studies & Paralegal Studies Research Strategies

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