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NHLP Search & Site Use Tips

Search Tips

Caution: Search differs from Westlaw or Lexis, both in use of terms and connectors and in approach, sacrificing some precision to be more forgiving in search selections, finding certain variations of the search term.

You can use the Search, Quick Reference, Index or Advanced Pleadings Search to find what you are looking for quickly and easily.

Helpful Search Connectors

  • default judgment finds pages (typically sub-subsections) containing both terms.
  • “default judgment” finds pages containing the exact phrase
  • default or judgment finds pages containing either term.
  • default -judgment finds pages containing default but not judgment.
  • “default judgment” ~10 finds default within 10 words of judgment.
  • te?t finds test and text-- ? can be replaced by any ONE character.
  • test* finds test, tests, tester, testament, etc.
  • Filtering/Narrowing Search Results

    • You can opt to see search results ordered either by relevance or by section number. Simply select your preference in the upper-right of the search results.
    • Choosing "Selected Treatises" and then one or more treatises will narrow results just to those treatises.
    • Narrow results to those found just within chapters, appendices, primary sources, pleadings, or practice tools.
    • Selecting "New Content Only" displays only subsections containing updates since the last print revision.

    Searching within a page

    Use Control-F (or Command-F for Mac) to search within a page (subsection) on the screen.

    Searching Within a Table of Contents or Index

    Enter a search term in the box at the top of any table of contents or index to find locations where that term appears in that table of contents or index. The table of contents also include flags to quickly pinpoint just updated sections (blue flags) and significant law changes (red flags).

    Displaying New Developments

    • Red flags before a table of contents entry lead one to a subsection with significant law changes.
    • Blue flags before a table of contents entry lead one to a subsection with very recently revised text.
    • Selecting “highlight updates” at the top of a page will highlight all material added to the site since the most recent print revision.
    • Selecting "highlight updates" will also include an additional footnote number in curly brackets indicating the corresponding footnote number in the printed book—only if it is different from the online footnote number. For example, 320 {314} indicates that note 314 in the print edition is now found at note 320 of the online version.


    You can copy any material online and paste it into a document. If a right click does not show a "copy" option, use Control C (or Command C for Mac users). If text is highlighted, and you wish to copy all or some of the highlighted text, you must first select the text to be copied.

    Jumping Between Footnote References and Footnotes

    On long pages, you can avoid scrolling to the bottom of the page to view footnotes. Clicking on the footnote reference in the text opens a "lightbox" displaying the footnotes. Exiting the lightbox returns you to where you were in the text.