iLearning: Redesigned Results & LexisRecommends (text only)


Welcome to the New Results and LexisRecommends iLearning module.

In this module, we will look at different ways that you can work with the results of a search, including ways to filter them and deliver them, using the restyled results screen. We will also look at LexisRecommends, in which our experts recommend specific content relevant to your search.

Source type

Let’s begin by carrying out a search using the Explore box. This will allow us to search across a range of different types of content.

We have generated 370 results. The service will automatically order these results according to their relevancy to your chosen keywords. We therefore see that the title of the most relevant result is a case called Froom v Butcher. Results from cases, journals and current awareness will have a date attached to them, which you can find in the date column on the right hand side of the list of results. You will find that the results displayed initially can come from any of the selected source types when the search was carried out.

One of the ways we can start to understand these results better and to find a suitable result is to filter them by type of sources.

Below the search box, you will see a row of large tabs displaying different categories of content. Next to each category, you will find a number. This number tells you how many of the total number of results come from a source within that category. The first tab displays All results and allows you to return to the full set of results. By clicking on a relevant tab, the screen will only display results relevant to the chosen category of content.

Let’s try out an example. By clicking on the commentary tab, we now only display results from commentary sources, such as Halsbury’s Laws of England or a Butterworths title.

Each result displays a short excerpt displaying where your search words appear in the document. When you hover the mouse over a result, it advises you how many hits there are for your search words within the document. It also allows you to display another excerpt in which your search words appear. To view a document in full, click on the blue title. To add the document to a shortlist for delivery, click on the Add to button in the grey banner.

Let's click back to go back to the LexisLibrary Homepage.

Sort results

As already mentioned, the results you retrieve will be ordered by relevance. However, in some cases you may prefer to view your results in an alternative order, such as date order.

To sort your results in a different order, click on the drop-down list on the left hand side below the words Sort results by, and select an alternative.

Let's select sort by Source Order.

Search within results

Another way that you can filter your results is to make the actual search more specific, by looking for an additional keyword within your results list.

To do this, click in the Search within results box, located on the left hand side of the results list. Type your additional word into the field and click Search.

You will now see the results filtered by your additional word. To remove the additional word from the search, click on Undo on the left hand side below the words Search within results.

Narrow by source name

Another way to reduce the results on display is to choose to read only the results from a particular source. The sources from which the results are derived are displayed on the left hand side of the screen. The list initially displays only the sources that provide a high number of results. To display all sources that provide search results, click on Show All source names at the bottom of the list.

Choose a preferred source, and click on the title to show only the results from that source. The number next to the title shows how many results come from that source. To revert to the full set of results, click on All Source Names, above the name of the chosen source on the left hand side of the results.

Narrow by topics

Let’s now look at another method of filtering your results.

Further down on the left hand side of the results screen you will find the option to narrow by topics. This will categorise all the results from your search into different legal topics. These topics can then be used to narrow down your results. Only the topics with the most number of entries are initially displayed. To reveal all topics mentioned within the results, click on Show All topics.

Let’s go through an example. If you click on Tort & Delict, it will narrow the results displayed in the main part of the screen to those which discuss this topic. It will also display sub-topics of Tort & Delict on the left, and allow you to refine your results further by clicking on to one of the sub-topics. To revert to the results for the main topic, click Tort & Delict. To show all results, click All Topics.

Document preview

It can sometimes be difficult to decide which result is the most suitable to read. To help you decide, you can use the document preview function, on the right hand side of the list of results. Click on the word Preview to open up a new panel, displaying just the text of the document. Your search terms are highlighted in yellow.

Click on the arrow at the bottom to move further down the text. If you decide you would like to read further, you can click on Go to full Document, at the bottom of the panel. If you decide you want to look at other documents, click on Close Preview in the top right hand corner.

Let’s click back.

Add to my documents

To tag documents from your results that you would like to shortlist for printing, emailing, or downloading, click on My Documents on the last column on the right of the results list for each relevant result.

These documents will now be held in the View folder for 24 hours. When you add a document to the folder, the final column will display the words Added to My Documents. Clicking on the last 2 words, My Documents, will take you to the View folder. As you add documents, the number next to the my documents button at the top of the screen will increase.

Persistent search bar

To begin a new search, you can enter search words into the search bar near the top left hand corner of the screen. The search bar shows the last search words you used, allowing you to easily alter your previous search. To start an entirely new search, delete the words and type new search words. Then click search. Consider using connectors to improve your search. For an explanation on using connectors, see the dedicated training module.

Let’s type in Pepper v Hart and click search.


LexisLibrary recognises legal terminology within searches, and provides links to recommended content at the top of the results screen. In our example, the service provides a best available match for Pepper v Hart, with links to the law reports and to the citator pages known as casesearch.

To read more, click on read more.

Let’s click back.

As well as case names, legislation titles and legal terms will also be recognised and have links to the best available match above the search results.


This concludes the New Results and LexisRecommends iLearning module.

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