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results with both terms
|&, and||and*||and||assault & battery (W), assault and battery (W, L, B)|
|results with either term||or, space b/t words||or**||or||assault or battery (W, L, B), assault battery (W)|
|%, but not||and not||and not, but not||assault % battery (W), assault but not battery (W, B), assault and not battery (L, B)|
* The Lexis search algorithm will recognize certain search strings as phrases, rather than a search command. Thus 'assault and battery' is treated as a phrase in Lexis, rather than a command to search for results with both the words 'assault' and 'battery,' so you get results with 'assault and battery,' 'assault,' and 'battery.'
** The Lexis search algorithm will recognize a space between words as an 'or' only when no other connectors are used in the search; so 'tort and assault battery' would bring back different results than 'tort assault battery.'
|within the same sentence||/s, w/s||w/sent, w/s, /s*||s/, /s, /sent||assault /s battery (W, L, B), assault w/s battery (W, L), assault w/sent battery (L, B), assault s/ battery (B)|
|within the same paragraph||/p, w/p||w/para, w/p, /p*||p/, /p, /para||assault /p battery, (W, L, B), assaulty w/p battery (W, L), assault w/para battery (L, B), assault p/ battery (B)|
|within n words||/n||near/n||/n, w/n||assault /5 battery (W, B), assault near/5 battery (L), assault w/5 battery (B)|
|within n words and in designated order||+n||pre/n||+n, pre/n||assault +7 battery (W, B), assault pre/5 battery (L, B)|
|phrase searching||within quotes||within quotes||within quotes, space between words||"collateral estoppel" (W, L, B), collateral estoppel (B)|
|grouping terms||within parentheses||within parentheses||within parantheses||(assault and battery) /s (dog and bite)|
|term frequency in results||atleastn||[doesn't support]||atln, atleastn||atleast5(assault) (W, B), atl5(assault) (B)|
* The sentence and paragraph parameters in Lexis are treated numerically. Thus, any of the sentence proximity commands are treated as near/15, and any of the paragraph proximity commands are treated as near/50.
|root expander||!||!, *||!||constitut! finds results with constitute, constituting, constituted, constitution, constitutions, constitutional, etc. (W, L, B); constitut* does the same (L)|
|single character variation||*||*, ?||*||wom*n brings back results with woman and women (W, L, B); wom?n does the same (L)|
|singular v. plural forms||searched automatically||regular plurals searched automatically||must check the "include word variations" box on search page||automatic (W, L*), check the box in B|
|hyphenated terms||searching as a hyphenated will automatically search any form||searching as a hyphenated will automatically search any form||must search both hyphenated and unhyphenated, connected by 'or'||wi-fi will automatically search for wi-fi and wifi (W, L), must search both in B ('wi-fi' or wifi')|
* Lexis automatically searches for plurals indicated by an -s (dogs, cats), but irregular plurals (children, women) have to be searched separately (ex: 'woman or women')
(Inspiration for these tables came from a research guide at Drake Law.)