Retrieve a Document by Its URN (Uniform Resource Name)

Before You Start: The information in this topic applies to Nexis Uni® URL API users. This application programming interface (API) lets users execute tasks in Nexis Uni using URLs, rather than the standard user interface. Please contact your LexisNexis representative if you would like additional information about this feature.

Use this URL to retrieve and display a document using its uniform resource name (URN).

URL Template{collection-id}&id={urn:contentItem:}&(context)



document Indicates the user wants to view a document.

Parameter that specifies the content type (Optional).

Example: collection=cases

For a list of values that can be used with the collection parameter, see Search in a Specific Content Type.


Parameter that contains the document URN.

Example: id=4TGW-RB50-TX4N-G1J4-00000-00

To find a document URN, follow these steps:

  1. Sign in to Nexis Uni®.
  2. Run a search for the document for which you want the ID.
  3. Open the document in the full view.
  4. Select Copy Citation.
  5. Using your browser tools, copy the highlighted text displayed at the bottom of the pop-up.
  6. Paste the copied text and the accompanying document citation into a blank document.
  7. Use your mouse to hover over the document citation.
  8. Right-click, then select Edit hyperlink from the right-click menu.
  9. Use your browser tools to copy the identifier that follows the id/ parameter in the URL. This is the document ID to use when constructing a URL to retrieve a document by ID.

In the example below, 4TGW-RB50-TX4N-G1J4-00000-00 is the document ID.

(context) Distinguishes between primary Lexis Advance and adaptations of that product, such as Nexis, Nexis Uni, and Prison Kiosk.