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[edit] About the Supreme Court Briefs Search Form

The Supreme Court Briefs Search Form is located in the Legal Section of LexisNexis Scholastic. On this form, you can accomplish tasks such as:

  • Search Supreme Court Briefs by date
  • Search Supreme Court Briefs by citation
  • Do a keyword search and search the full text of the Supreme Court Briefs

[edit] Search For

The "Search For" section allows you to input your own key terms. In these search boxes, you can put words or phrases that convey a particular topic, like "abortion." This is useful when you need to browse several briefs on one topic. The Search For section also makes it easy to find particular briefs you know specific information about. For example, if you need to find briefs by a specific citation, type the citation in the search box and select "Citation" from the drop-down box. In addition to a full text search ("Everywhere" in the drop down box,) you may use the drop down box to find briefs:

  • by Citation
  • by Party Names
  • by Counsel
  • by Brief Type
  • by Appeal Statement
  • by Opinion

[edit] Specify Date

One of the most efficient ways to narrow your results set is by specifying the date. If you're researching a current event, try narrowing the date to the last 6 months. If you're researching a past event, use the "Is Between..." option to set the dates yourself. Choosing a time period to search through will change your results drastically. You will be much more likely to find relevant results.

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