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Nexis Uni

Use this guide to learn the basics of using Nexis Uni. 

Access the EGCC Library's Subscription to Nexis Uni Here.

Content found in Nexis Uni includes:

  • Print and online journals, television and radio broadcasts, newswires and blogs
  • Local, regional, national and international newspapers with deep archives
  • Extensive legal sources for federal and state cases and statutes, including U.S. Supreme Court decisions since 1790
  • Unparalleled business information on more than 80 million U.S. and international companies and more than 75 million executives

Overview of Nexis Uni

Tip Sheets from Nexis Uni

Permanent Links

In order to save links to the resources you find on Nexis Uni, you must follow these steps. If you copy the link from the top bar of your web browser, you will not be able to access the resource directly.

1. Once you have located the document that you want to access later, click on the Actions drop down menu.


2. Next, click on "Link to this page."


3. Finally copy the Permalink and paste it wherever you are keeping your source links (Google Docs, Microsoft Word, Zotero, etc.).

Nexis Uni Search Tips

The Nexis Uni main search box supports both natural language and Boolean searching. Below are a few techniques that may be helpful. For more Nexis Uni training resources please see our Nexis Uni - Basic User Guide

Search Tips:

Natural Language Searching:

Natural Language searching is when you use normal words for your search terms. These terms may be words you would use to describe your topic to another person. When using a natural language search in Nexis Uni the database will attempt to analyze and understand the intent your search. This means that Nexis Uni will try to interpret the search terms you have entered and show you results based on what it believes is relevant. Nexis Uni's natural language search does not assume an implied connector or simply run your search terms as a phrase. 

Nexis Uni Natural Language Search Examples:

  • Typing first amendment in the main search bar will bring back the text of the First Amendment. 
  • A search for Obamacare would bring back results that reference both ObamaCare and The Affordable Care Act of 2010. 

Boolean Searching:

Nexis Uni's Boolean Searching is similar to other databases. For more information on Nexis Uni's Search Connectors see:

  • AND connector: Use the AND connector to find words that are far apart from one another or in different sections. Searches using AND usually find more documents than searches using the near connector. As a rule, use AND when it doesn't matter where your search words appear in a document. Use the NEAR connector when there is a connection between your search terms and you need to find the terms near each other.
  • OR connector:  Use the OR connector to find documents that contain either or both of the words or phrases linked by or. Use the OR connector to link search words that are synonyms, antonyms, alternative spellings, or abbreviations.
  • AND NOT connector: Use the AND NOT connector to find documents in which a search word or phrase is to be excluded. The following connectors work in the same way:
    • ANDNOT
    • BUT NOT
    • BUTNOT

Source: Search term connectors. (n.d.). Retrieved November 23, 2021, from

Nexis Uni allows you to use the following search wildcards to improve your searching. 

Nexis Uni Wildcards
WildCard Symbol Description
Exclamation Mark (!)

Attach a (!) to the root of any word to find all the words possible by adding letters to the end of it. The (!) must be preceded by at least 3 letters. 

Example: law! will find laws, lawsuit, lawyer, etc and their plurals. 

Asterisk (*)

Similar to (!). Attach an (*) to the root of any word to find all the words possible by adding letters to the end of it. The (!) must be preceded by at least 3 letters. 

Example: law! will find laws, lawsuit, lawyer, etc and their plurals. 

Question Mark (?)

Use a (?) to replace characters to locate various spellings of a word. 


  • (?) must come after the first three letters of a word. 
  • Cannot be used at the end of the word. Instead use (!) or (*). 
  • Only 1 (?) may be used per word. 

Example: wom?n finds both woman and women. 


Nexis Uni supports a wide range of proximity connectors. Below are the following connectors that are supported and their purpose. 

For more information see:

Nexis Uni Proximity Connectors
Connector Description

Use the pre/n connector to find documents where the first word precedes the second word by the defined number (n) of words. This connector is useful in situations where word order is important.

Example: To find documents that contain overtime compensation  try a search like this overtime pre/3 compensation. This command indicates to the database that compensation must appear within 3 words of overtime. 


Use the pre/p connector to find documents where the first word precedes the second word with in approximately 75 words of one another. +p can be used in place of pre/p. Both commands operate the same way. 

pre/s Use the pre/s connector to find documents where the first word precedes the second word within approximately 25 words. +s can be used in place of pre/s. Both commands operate the same way.
w/n or /n

Use the w/n or /n connector to find documents where the first word appears within the defined number (n) of words of the second word. 


  • To find words in the same phrases use w/3 up to w/5
  • To find words in the same sentence use up to w/25
  • To find words in the same paragraph use up to w/75
w/p or /p Use the w/p connector to find documents where your search terms appear within the same paragraph or 75 words of each other. 
w/s or /s Use the w/s to find documents where your search terms appear within the same sentence or 25 words of one another. 
w/seg Use the w/seg connector to find documents where your search terms appear in the same segment (e.g. headline, body, etc.) or within 100 words of one another. 

Use the near/n to find documents where your search terms appear within the defined number (n) of words. This connector can be used to join words or phrases. Multiple near/n connectors operate left to right. 



  • For search words to appear in approximately the same phrase, use near/3 - near/5
  • For search words to appear in approximately the same sentence, use near/25
  • For search words to appear in approximately the same paragraph, use near/75

Use the onear/n connector to find documents where the first word precedes the second word by not more than (n) words. This connector is useful for cases where different word order will alter the meaning. 

Example:  summary judgement is different than judgement summary.


Use the atleast command to require your search term to appear in a document "at least" so many times in a a document. 


atleast7(payment) This command would require payment to appear at least 7 times within the document. 


Nexis Uni Key

  1. Nexis Uni Federated Search: Use the drop-down arrow to choose to search all or some of the content available in Nexis Uni. Enter your terms, company names or case citations in the box to search. 
  2. Advance Search: allows for more complex searching and the ability to designate search fields. 
  3. Get A Doc Assistance: Nexis Uni feature that guides you through finding a case document by citation, cases by party names, or cases by docket number. 
  4. Guided Search: guides users through the search process. 
  5. Discover Topics: Discover topics related to Business, Criminal Justice or Political Science. Business topics include: company info or dossiers, executives, SEC filings, and more. Criminal Justice topics include: news, state and federal statutes, court decisions and more. Political Science topics include: news, legislation, court opinions, and more. 
  6. Menu: Allows users to choose the search page for: All Sources, Business, Criminal Justice, Political Science, Company Dossier, Patent. Useful for limiting your search. 
  7. Language: Set your preferred language. Please note, changing the language here will not change the language of your search results. 
  8. Help: Nexis Uni provided help. Includes how-to's, guides, and instructions for using the Nexis Uni database. 
  9. Sign-In/Register: Use this link to create a personal ID in Nexis Uni. Please note, this will not replace your Library username and password, but will allow you to use customized Nexis Uni features such as folders, document annotation and other features.