Lexis Advance Quicklaw Update
September 2018

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New Natural Language Algorithm

With this release, enhancements were made to the Natural Language Algorithm on Lexis Advance® Quicklaw®. These enhancements will help further streamline results. The Natural Language Algorithm on Lexis Advance® Quicklaw® uses a variety of proprietary methods to produce relevant results for users. Lexis Advance® Quicklaw®'s Natural Language Algorithm includes:

  1. Automatic phrase recognition
  2. Document title recognition
  3. Implied phrases between connectors
  4. Proximity search between the terms

and more.

Accessibility Enhancements

Continued enhancements to Lexis Advance® Quicklaw® provide improved accessibility for persons with disabilities. With this release:

  • Enhancements were made to the tab markup to remove "role tablists" and "role tabs". This change improves access as it prevents screen readers from removing these elements from standard element lists.
  • Enhancements were made to improve colour contrast elements.
  • Enhancements were made to the Lexis Advance® Quicklaw® Home Page that remove "keyboard traps" and allow for navigation away from the home page via keyboard alone.
  • Work was done to make hidden content imperceptible to screen readers.
  • Missing "Aria Tags" were added to tabs on the History pod.
  • Enhancements were made to all pods on the Lexis Advance Home page to add 'aria-controls' and 'aria-expanded' triggers.
  • Work was done to make date information perceptible to screen readers.

Product Overview - OneCase

OneCase is a unique feature offered on Lexis Advance® Quicklaw®. OneCase goes beyond the limits of traditional case law research by searching all versions of a case and its associated summaries. With OneCase, multiple versions of a case resulting from parallel citations, and all case-summaries associated with that decision, are rolled-up into a single hit on your search result page. Consequentially, your results list will only include unique cases.

  1. It saves you time. By consolidating multiple versions of a case into one hit, you are no longer faced with the issue of having to review duplicate hits.
  2. It helps ensure that you are not missing key cases. Headnotes and Footnotes may vary when looking at different case law reporters. OneCase searches all versions of the case and ensures any version which contains your search terms is retrieved.


The screen grab below illustrates how OneCase is displayed in your search results. In this example, 11 full-text parallel citations and 4 case summaries for Peoples Department Stores Inc. v. Wise are rolled into a single unique hit in the results list. Citations for versions of the case which include search terms are highlighted in yellow. (i.e.[2004] 3 S.C.R. 461 contains the search terms but [2004] 3 R.C.S. 461, which is the French version of the case, does not contain the search terms entered).

Product Overview - OneCase

New Messaging Helps You Better Understand Your Results Page

With this release we have added new messaging to the Search Results Page to help you better understand OneCase. Now when you apply the post-search filters, on the right, a message appears providing the sum total of "unique cases" and explains that "Duplicate results have been consolidated" from the original total. As illustrated in the example below.

New Messaging

Coming Soon!

New Graphical View

We are excited to announce that Lexis Advance® Quicklaw® will soon be offering a new visualization tool that will make it faster and easier for you to assess cases and determine relevance right from the Search Results Page. Search Term Maps will soon be added to your results list for cases. Search Term Maps is designed to help you quickly and efficiently review case law search results. Search Term Maps offers: colour mapping of key words, search term location bars, an ability to Hide/Show visualized search terms, plus more.

New Graphical View

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