Retrieving Content from Practice Guides on Lexis.com

Library patrons can use the Citation Format Assistant on Lexis.com to retrieve sections and form templates from practice guides and formbooks published by Matthew Bender/LexisNexis and other legal publishers. Lexis.com is available free of charge on public computers at the Main and Branch libraries.

To retrieve a section/form template:

Step 1: Identify the section you want to retrieve from a practice guide published by Matthew Bender/LexisNexis. Ex.: California Points & Authorities, § 221.29.

  • Note: The “section number” usually appears in the upper-right hand corner of each page.

Step 2: Open Lexis.com. In the “Quick Tools” box on the right-side of the screen, click on “Get a Doc.”

Step 3: Click on “Citation Formats” to the right of the search field to open the “Citation Format Assistant.”

Step 4: Under the heading “Option 1: Find a Citation Format,” enter the name of the practice guide (or other primary or secondary source) that you want to access and click “Find.”

  • Ex: California Points & Authorities

Step 5: In the results’ list, click on the hyperlinked publication name.

Step 6: Enter the section you want to retrieve in the text box to the right of the publication title and press “Get.” Ex.: California Points & Authorities, § 221.29.

Step 7: The requested section will appear in full-text and can be printed, saved, or emailed.

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