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Simple Universal Search (top search bar)

Performing a search in vLex is very simple. In the search bar located on the top of the page you will find an intelligent search engine that uses algorithms to understand legal concepts and quickly show you the most relevant results.


1. Select jurisdiction

The new platforms allows users to view content from more than 130 countries, without needing to switch between subscriptions, in a multilingual environment.

From the jurisdiction section you can choose to search in multiple jurisdiction or one jurisdiction, according to your needs.

By default, the search will be performed in the same jurisdiction as your user account. You can choose one, several, or all countries to find more or less content. Any content not available in your plan can be accessed using vLex credits.

When you start to enter your search criteria, the predictive search engine and autocomplete will automatically start to show you relevant results.

The results are presented in the following order:

  • Main results
  • Popular searches (search recommendations based on popular searches by other users)
  • Featured documents
  • Featured SmartTopics
  • Sources or publications

If any of these documents is the one you are looking for, you can simply click and in moments you will have access to your desired document.


If you want to see all of the search results ( and not only the pre-selected results in the predictive search engine) you must click “return” to perform the search and we will show you the complete list of search results.

On the left side of the page there are different results filters, including filters for different content collections (i.e. Legislation, Case Law, Statutes, Forms, Books and Journals, News). To filter this content through the options to refine the results, please click here.

3. Search within your plan’s content or include all content

When performing a search the system will search within all the available content of that country, by default. Occasionally, content that is not within your subscription may appear in the search results. If you prefer, you can change your settings to see only content within your plan, as seen in the image below.

Advanced search

For more a complex search, and as an alternative to the filter system, you can also use the Advanced Search feature.

This post is also available in: Español

Updated on April 10, 2019

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