LexisNexis, a provider of legal, news, and business information, has announced its integration with Shepard's Citations Service. Available immediately to lexis.com customers, Shepard's Reports are completely integrated with LexisNexis Headnotes, the fundamental legal points of a case drawn directly from the language of the court.
Shepard's Citations Service provides legal researchers with relevant cases, statutes, secondary sources, and annotations that cite their authority. The integration of LexisNexis Headnotes into Shepard's is designed to allow for faster and more effective validations as well as "looping" Shepard's into the research process via Headnotes.
The integration of LexisNexis Headnotes and Shepard's is designed to allow legal researchers to benefit from: Shepard's reports which can be restricted by LexisNexis Headnote numbers; Case Headnotes that can be displayed and printed in Shepard's; the FOCUS feature and Custom Restrictions, both of which have been merged into a single form, and LexisNexis Headnotes have been added to the form to allow researchers to restrict by LexisNexis Headnote; the ability to select a Headnote in Shepard's and link to the position in the citing case that matches the language of the chosen Headnote; the Shepardize-Restrict by Headnote link which provides researchers with a shortcut to a Shepard's answer set restricted by that Headnote, allowing them to immediately assemble a list of cases that both cite their case and discuss the issue captured in the chosen Headnote; the new Restricted Shepard's Summary feature which provides researchers with a quick overview of the important information in a restricted or FOCUS feature answer set. It also provides a link to open the Unrestricted Summary to see an overview of the entire answer set.