Search & Results Settings

You have a choice to display your results under the New results format or the Classic results format. Depending on your selection, you must choose the preference settings that coincide with your preferred format.

After you have made your selections, click on Save. To return to the previous page without changing your settings, click on Cancel.

New Results Format Options

ValueDescription
Search SuggestionsSelect one or more of these options to display search suggestions as you are entering your search terms.
Note: This feature is available only for some fields on some search screens.
Default Search TypeSelect your default search type. Options include Classic Search or Natural Language.
Natural Language Results

If you selected to search by Natural Language, complete the following fields:

Sort results by
Choose to sort your results by Relevance or Date.
Maximum documents to retrieve
Select from the drop-down list to specify the default maximum number of Natural Language search results to retrieve.
Search Results Format

Select the New results format option.

Note: This format includes LexisPSL content in your search results along with all your other selected content. LexisPSL content is not available with the classic results format.
Integrated Search resultsChoose this option to combine LexisLibrary and LexisPSL results.
Results Display

Use these options to specify how to display your results.

Highlight only the most Recent Search Terms within Results
Choose to highlight recent search terms only.
Sort results by
Choose to sort your results by Relevance or Source Order.
Note: The Relevance default sort order applies to Commentary, Materials, General Search, Forms and Precedents, and News forms only.
Document Display

Use these options to specify how you wish to handle citations and footnotes in your documents.

Show All Citator Symbols
Select this option to show all available citator symbols when viewing your results.
Footnotes
Choose whether to Show or Hide footnotes.
Date SelectionChoose the date range to serve as the default for all search forms.
Duplicate Options

Duplicate options lets you choose whether or not you want to use similarity analysis to process your search results. Similarity analysis detects similar documents in your search results and groups them together.

Choose the method that should be used to designate lead documents during similarity analysis. In each group of similar documents, the lead document:

Is the first online
The first document in the group to reach the LexisNexis online system.
Is the last online
The last document in the group to reach the LexisNexis online system.
Has the most content in common with the entire group
The individual documents in a group of similar documents can vary in size and content. The document that has the most content in common with all documents in the group, apart from the content they all share, is designated as the lead document.
Appears first based on how the results list is sorted
When considering this option, keep the following points in mind:
  • The sort options available in a results list may vary, depending on the selected sources, search criteria, and returned documents. The sort options may include Publication Date, Source and Location, Newest First, Oldest First, Relevance, etc.
  • A document’s publication date may not always be the best indicator of the currency of the information it contains. For example, many weekly and monthly magazines are published and distributed in advance of the publication dates shown on their covers.

Classic Results Format Options

ValueDescription
Search SuggestionsSelect one or more of these options to display search suggestions as you are entering search terms.
Note: This feature is available only for some fields on some search screens.
Default Search TypeSelect your default search type. Options include Classic Search or Natural Language.
Natural Language Results

If you selected to search by Natural Language, complete the following fields:

Sort results by
Choose to sort your results by Relevance or Date.
Maximum documents to retrieve
Select from the drop-down list to specify the default maximum number of Natural Language search results to retrieve.
Search Results Format

Select the Classic results format option.

Results Display

Use these options to specify how to display your results.

Results per Page
Choose the number of results you wish to display per page.
Results Format
Choose to specify how you wish to format your results.
Sort results by
Choose to sort your results by Relevance or Source Order.
Note: The Relevance default sort order applies to Commentary, Materials, General Search, Forms and Precedents, and News forms only.
Document Display

Use these options to specify how you wish to display your documents.

Publication Tree Format
Choose the Publication Tree format you would like displayed when browsing sources for specific publications, Table of Contents, documents, document sections, etc. The tree format you select will be your default when viewing sources on the Browse tab.
Full Text
In the Full Publication Tree format, you may open multiple sources and levels in the same screen.
Full with Hits
In the Full Publication Tree format, you may open multiple sources and levels in the same screen as well as display those that have search terms in them.
Truncated
In the Truncated Publication Tree format, as you navigate through a source, the previous levels are truncated, showing only the level you are currently viewing.
Scroll to First Term Hit in Full Text View
Select this option to automatically move the focus of your page to the first term located in the results.
Show All Citator Symbols
Select this option to show all available citator symbols when viewing your results.
Results Classification
Open Result Groups panel by default
Choose to automatically open the Result Groups panel every time you view search results. Result Groups allow you to filter your results to show a specific group of documents. For example, you may wish to view only a specific document type (such as cases or legislation) or only publications from a specific court.
My Default Result Group
Choose the result group (Publication Type, Source Name, or Topics) you want to appear by default.
Date SelectionChoose the date range to serve as the default for all search forms.
Duplicate Options

Duplicate options lets you choose whether or not you want to use similarity analysis to process your search results. Similarity analysis detects similar documents in your search results and groups them together. For more information about duplicate options, see What are duplicate options?.

Choose the method that should be used to designate lead documents during similarity analysis. In each group of similar documents, the lead document:

Is the first online
The first document in the group to reach the LexisNexis online system.
Is the last online
The last document in the group to reach the LexisNexis online system.
Has the most content in common with the entire group
The individual documents in a group of similar documents can vary in size and content. The document that has the most content in common with all documents in the group, apart from the content they all share, is designated as the lead document.
Appears first based on how the results list is sorted
When considering this option, keep the following points in mind:
  • The sort options available in a results list may vary, depending on the selected sources, search criteria, and returned documents. The sort options may include Publication Date, Source and Location, Newest First, Oldest First, Relevance, etc.
  • A document’s publication date may not always be the best indicator of the currency of the information it contains. For example, many weekly and monthly magazines are published and distributed in advance of the publication dates shown on their covers.

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