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.