Lexis+ Tip of the Week: Table of Contents


How do I find a relevant statute when I don’t know the citation? 

How can I search a statutory code’s table of contents?

LEXIS+ TIP:  Searches in statutes can be cumbersome to navigate. Save time by starting with the Table of Contents when researching a statutory issue, and find your relevant statute quickly!

LEARN IT [short video]:   https://youtu.be/ncd9rVwpmOA

TEST YOUR KNOWLEDGE: You are trying to find the federal statute that discusses “free exercise of religion.” Search the United States Code table of contents to find this statute. According to the statute, the Government may substantially burden a person’s exercise of religion only if it demonstrates which of the following?


  1. In the search box, type USCS and select “USCS – United States Code Service- Titles 1 through 54” link in the drop down menu.
  2. On the table of contents page, type “religion” into the search box, select “Table of Contents (TOC) only” under the search box, and click search.
  3. Review the results list to find the statute that protects free exercise of religion.
  4. OR- Go directly there:  https://plus.lexis.com/api/permalink/8c22314a-9058-43eb-b35c-7a99be209e39/?context=1530671


ANSWER:  That it is in furtherance of a compelling governmental interest; and is the least restrictive means of furthering that compelling governmental interest.

Let me know if you have any questions!

Marva L. Woods, Esq.

Paralegal Program Manager
LexisNexis Legal & Professional
Phone 804-467-9340

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