How do I limit my search to specific legal topics?

You can use search filters to limit your searches to specific jurisdictions, content types, legal topics, and publications. This article describes how to limit searches to specific legal topics. For more information on limiting searches, see How do I limit my search to specific jurisdictions or content types? and How do I limit my search to specific publications?

Tip: After you select one or more filters and generate a set of results, Lexis Advance Pacific automatically adds the filters to the Recent & Favourites list, where you can select them for use in later searches. For more information, see What are recent & favourites?

You can limit searches to specific legal topics in either of these ways:

  • Use the Search: [filters] button at the right edge of the search box to limit searches to topics at the highest level of the Lexis Advance Pacific legal topic hierarchy.
  • Use the Browse button at the top of the page to limit searches to specific topics at lower levels of the legal topic hierarchy.

Refer to the appropriate section below.

Limiting searches to topics at the highest level of the legal topic hierarchy

  1. Enter your search terms.
  2. Select the Search: [filters] button at the right edge of the search box.
  3. Select Legal Topics in the left margin.
  4. Select one or more checkboxes of the high-level topic to which you want to limit your search.
  5. Select Search.

Limiting searches to topics at lower levels of the legal topic hierarchy

  1. Enter your search terms.
  2. Select the Browse button at the top of the page and select Topics in the left margin of the box that appears. A search box appears in the left pane, and a list of legal topics appears in the pane to the right of the search box.
    Note: This list of legal topics is identical to the high-level list of legal topics that appears if you select the Search: [filters] button described in the section above.
  3. Take one of these actions:
    If you want to...Then do this...
    Browse for the legal topic
    1. In the right pane, select the higher-level legal topic in which the topic you want is contained. A list of one or more subtopics appears in a pane further to the right.
    2. Repeat this process until the name of the topic you want appears.
    3. Select the topic and select Add topic as a search filter from the list of options that appears. A message appears stating the topic has been added to the search filters.
    Search for the legal topic
    1. In the Search for a topic box, type a word contained in the name of the lower-level legal topic you want and select the search icon. A list of one or more topics appears.
    2. Select the higher-level topic in which the topic you want is contained. The name of the topic you want appears.
    3. Select the Actions button to the right of the topic name and select Add topic as a search filter from the list of options that appears. A message appears stating the topic has been added to the search filters.
  4. Repeat these steps to add any additional topics to the search.
  5. Select Search.

Copyright © 2021  LexisNexis.  All rights reserved.