LexisNexis Academic

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Introduction

LexisNexis Academic offers a wide range of resources, including news, business information, legal materials, medical information, and reference sources.

LexisNexis Academic provides full-text information from over 5,600 sources including

  • newspapers, wire services, broadcast transcripts, international news, and non-English language sources
  • U.S. Federal and state case law, codes, regulations, legal news, law reviews, international legal information, Shepard’s Citations for all U.S. Supreme Court cases back to 1789
  • business news journals, company financial information, SEC filings and reports, and industry and market news
  • medical news, medical journals


LexisNexis Academic.


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Accessing

This database may be accessed from the Electronic Resources Section of the Alvin Sherman Library website.

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Searching

After connecting to LexisNexis Academic, you will need to do one of the following

  • use the Quick Info search form that automatically appears on the screen
  • select a Search Form to construct your search

Categories in LexisNexis Academic Universe.Categories in LexisNexis Academic Universe.
Search forms in LexisNexis Academic.

When you open a Search Form in LexisNexis Academic the search screen usually defaults to the Quick Search mode. A Guided Search is also available which will allow field searching and offers additional search features.

To create a Guided Search:

  • Type your search term(s) in the search box–required field(s) vary depending on the subcategory you selected. Keyword is the most commonly required fields.
  • Narrow your search with additional terms if necessary.
  • Select a source using the pull down arrow to the right of the Source field–if applicable.
  • Specify the date–use the pull down arrow to the right of the Date field or click the circle to the left of the From field and enter a date in the From and To fields.
  • Click on the Search button.

Basic Search in LexisNexis Academic Universe.
Guided News Search in LexisNexis Academic.

Modify searches in LexisNexis Academic by using one or more of the following

  • enter multiple search terms or concepts
  • combine terms using Boolean operators
  • limit search terms using field searching
  • refine searches with limiters, such as date, document type, etc.


Modifying a search in LexisNexis Academic.

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Search Results

Search results will vary. If you get:

  • No records matched your search, then check your spelling or the fields you searched in.
  • Too many, then go back and limit your search. Sometimes a search needs to be modified with: additional search words, searching only a specific field, adding date limitations, or type of materials.
  • Too few, then go back and expand your search. Consider synonyms for your search words or concepts. Try to use professional language or terminology.
  • Irrelevant results, then try new search terms. Consider synonyms or related concepts. Identify and search using descriptors. Try a different database.

Results lists

A list of search results matching your search terms will be displayed. This Document List shows items that matched your search.

Search results in LexisNexis Academic Universe.
Search results in LexisNexis Academic.

Records

As you view your results, use the tabs near the top of the screen

  • Expanded List–displays a list of matching items containing your search terms and approximately 5 words on either side of your search terms
  • KWIC™ (Key Words in Context)–displays only the portion of the document(s) containing your search terms and 15 to 25 words on either side of your search terms
  • Full–displays the complete text of the documents in your search results

Use the tabs to select a display mode in LexisNexis Academic.

To navigate through your results

  • use the previous and next arrows as necessary

To narrow your search

  • use FOCUS™ to find additional terms within the current results–a temporary search limitation
  • Use Edit Search to change your search


FOCUS in LexisNexis Academic.


Edit Search in LexisNexis Academic.

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Managing Search Results

Databases typically allow you to manage your search results by utilizing the option below:

  • printing your search results list and/or specific records
  • saving your search results list and/or specific records–some databases may allow you to save your file for export into commercial bibliographic citation manager software, such as EndNote or ProCite

Not all search management features are available in all databases.

Marking

The “mark” feature allows you to select records from within your search results. By marking items, you can print, save or email multiple records at one time.

To mark a record

  • click in the check box to the left of a title in either the Document List or the Expanded List

Marking in LexisNexis Academic.

When you use the print, save or email commands, you will be able to specify that your marked documents should be used–full and KWIC formats are not available for marked documents.

Printing

When viewing an individual document in the Full or KWIC™ format, print it by doing the following

  • click Print/Save Options button–top of the screen–to display the Print/Save page
  • click Display Document button to display your document without the Academic Universe navigation bar and graphics
  • use your Internet browser's print commands to print the document
  • click Return to Full/KWIC to redisplay your Academic Universe search results page

When viewing your results in Document List or Expanded List format, print it by doing the following

  • click Print/Save Options button– top of the screen–to display Print/Save page
  • click the button next to either All Citations or Just These Citations–enter your document numbers in the text box
  • select the Format of Results you want using the drop down arrow
  • click Display Citations to display your document without the Academic Universe navigation bar and graphics
  • use your Internet browser's print commands to print the document
  • click Return to Document List to redisplay your Academic Universe search results page

Emailing

When viewing an individual document in Full or KWIC™ format

  • click the E-mail button
  • enter an email address in the E-mail this document to this e-mail address text box
  • enter an optional note in the Add this note to the E-mail text box
  • click the E-mail button to send the document
  • click Return to Full/KWIC to redisplay your search results page

When viewing your results in Document List or Expanded List format

  • click the E-mail button
  • click the button next to either All Citations or Just These Citations–enter your document numbers in the text box
  • enter an email address in the To this E-mail address text box
  • enter an optional note in the Add this note to the E-mail text box
  • click the E-mail button to send the citations
  • click Return to Document List to redisplay your search results page
Saving

When viewing an individual document in the Full or KWIC™ format, to save it to your disk

  • click Print/Save Options–top of screen
  • click Display Document to display your document without the Academic navigation bar and graphics
  • click File on your browser’s tool bar
  • click Save As
  • type your file name in the File name dialog box
  • in the Save as type dialog box, click on the down arrow and change to Plain text
  • click on the Save button
  • click Return to Full/KWIC to redisplay your search results page

When viewing your results in Document List or Expanded List format, save it to your disk by doing the following

  • click Print/Save Options–top of screen
  • click the button next to either All Citations or Just These Citations–enter document numbers in the text box
  • select the Format of Results
  • click Display Citations
  • click File on your browser’s tool bar
  • click Save As
  • type your file name in the File name dialog box
  • in the Save as type dialog box, click on the down arrow and change to Plain text
  • click on the Save button
  • click Return to Document List to redisplay your search results page

Use a word processing or text editor program to open your saved file.

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Search Tips

Use advanced search features to modify a search to obtain more successful search results. You can combine advanced search features to modify and improve your search. Advanced search features often include:

  • date
  • document and/or publication type and
  • Boolean operators

  • Phrase or proximity searching

    In LexisNexis Academic, there are two ways to search for a phrase

    • type the words in the same search box, as you would expect them to occur–quotation marks are not necessary
      higher education
      curriculum development
    • use pre/1 to search for two words as a phrase
      higher pre/1 education
      curriculum pre/1 development


    Phrase searching in LexisNexis Academic.


    Field searching

    To limit your search to a specific field in the record

    • click on the Guided Search tab
    • click on the pull-down arrow–at the end of the search line
    • scroll to the field to limit your search to
    • click on the field’s name


    Field searching in LexisNexis Academic.


    Date

    To limit a search to specific years try one of the following

    • use the pull-down arrow to the right of the Date field
    • click the circle to the left of the From field and enter a date in the From and To fields


    Date searching in LexisNexis Academic.


    Document type

    Specify a type of document–available in some categories–by selecting appropriate

    • search forms that contains the types of materials you need
    • document types from the Source list–choices will vary


    Document types in LexisNexis Academic.


    Boolean operators

    The Boolean operators, AND, OR, and AND NOT, can be used to modify a search

    • in the Basic search, type the Boolean operator as part of your search terms
    • in the Guided Search, click on the Boolean operator to use:

    Use AND to narrow a search. AND looks for both terms in the same record.
    leadership and vision; mainstreaming and science

    Use OR to broaden a search. OR looks for either term in the same record.
    mainstreaming or inclusion; elementary education or secondary education

    Use NOT to eliminate records with a certain term.
    Saturn not car; Venus not planet

    Plurals

    Use the following strategies/symbols in LexisNexis Academic to locate plural forms, truncate search terms, or replace characters

    OR

    Irregular plural forms.
    child OR children

    (LexisNexis Academic automatically search singular, regular plural, singular possessive and plural possessive endings)

    plural

    singular

    Only plural or singular form.
    plural (aids) retrieves aids, not aid
    singular (job) retrieves job not jobs

    !

    Any number of characters at the end of a word.
    leader! retrieves leader, leaders, leadership

    *

    Each asterisk replace one letter–use up to seven asterisks in a word, except the first letter.
    radio******y retrieves radiobiology and radioecology not radiometry, radiography, or radioactivity


    Truncating search terms in LexisNexis Academic.

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Additional Features

LexisNexis Academic includes numerous legal resources

  • legal newspapers, magazines & law reviews
  • federal & state case law - decisions from all federal court levels and state high court & appellate decisions
  • Shepard's® citations of U.S. Supreme Court cases
  • federal and state statutory law (codes)
  • U.S. constitution
  • federal and state court rules
  • federal regulations and agency opinions
  • US Attorney General and state Attorneys General opinions
  • tax law, including The IRS Bulletin and tax regulations

Patent research can be done on All U.S. patents from 1971 to present.


Legal search forms in LexisNexis Academic.


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