View a Results List

Reviewing and refining your results list is one of the most important steps in using Nexis® Data Lab to perform your research analysis. It's during this step that you create the data set with which you will work. Using the filtering options on the left side of the page can help you fine-tune the data to exactly what you are most interested in.

While working with your results, you can perform any number of tasks:

  • View an overview of your results
  • Narrow your results
  • Deliver your results (print, email, download, etc.)
  • Sort results
  • Rerun the search as a different search type


A search produces a results list. After you run a search that produces multiple results, Nexis Data Lab displays a results page with two panes. The left pane contains filters that allow you to narrow your results.

Use the icons at the top right of the results list to display your results in one of these views:

  • Full view () - lists all available information for each document, including document overviews, excerpts, and so on.
  • Title view () - lists minimal information for each document by hiding the document overviews, excerpts, and similar information.

Some results may appear with a icon. This means the associated document exists outside the Nexis Data Lab domain, and clicking the document title will open the document in a new browser window or tab. You will see this icon frequently with News > Webnews results.

Tip: In Settings, you can specify which view you want to appear by default. For more information, see Choose how much detail to include for each result on the General tab.

Narrowing Your Results

After you display the results, the Narrow By heading appears in the left pane, followed by any filters you applied to the search. Below that, a list of Narrow By categories appears, and you can select them in order to filter your results further. For example, you can enter additional terms in the Search Within Results search box to narrow the currently displayed results to only documents containing those terms.

As you select additional filters, they are immediately applied to the currently displayed results and are listed below the Narrow By heading, the same as any filters you may have selected when creating the search. You can clear any filter by selecting the delete filter icon () to the right of the filter name, or you can clear all filters by selecting Clear. You can also select the Favorite icon () to save the filters as favorites for use in future searches. For more information on narrowing results lists, see Narrow or Filter Search Results

Delivering Results (Print, Email, Download, etc.)

You can select the delivery options button to print, email, or download results. For more information, see What is Delivery?.


By default, results are listed in order of relevance. You can select options in the Sort by drop-down list to sort the list in different ways

Including or Excluding Legal Phrase Equivalents

In Settings, if you specified that your searches should include legal phrase equivalents, you can remove them from your results by selecting Exclude legal phrase equivalents from the Actions list at the top of the results list. Or, if you specified your searches should NOT include legal phrase equivalents, you can include them by selecting Include legal phrase equivalents.

Natural Language and Terms & Connectors Searches

When you run a search, Nexis Data Lab automatically determines whether to run a natural language or terms & connectors search. If the current search is run as a natural language search, then after the results appear, you can select Run as terms & connectors from the Actions drop-down list to run it as a terms & connectors search. Likewise, if the search is run as a terms & connectors search, you can select Run as natural language to run it as a natural language search. For more information on these different types of searches, see Creating Natural Language or Terms & Connectors Searches.

Note: When you run a natural language search, either standard (only the top) results or expanded (all) results appear in the results list, according to the specification that is selected in the Settings option. If standard results are specified, then you can select Expanded results from the Actions list at the top of the results list to view expanded (all) results. Or, if expanded results are specified, you can select Fewer results to view only the standard (top) results.