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[[Image: Main_General3.jpg|right|frame|Academic Main Page]]
  
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LexisNexis® ''Academic'' provides access to full-text news, business, and legal publications, using a variety of flexible search options. One of the most heavily used databases in higher education, LexisNexis® ''Academic'' is available at over 1,500 libraries serving over 8 million students and faculty. It is a standard element in many research and information literacy programs.
  
[[Image:Generalscreenshot2.jpg|right|thumb|250px|LexisNexis Academic: Power Search]]
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Access over 15,000 news, business, and legal sources. The outstanding news coverage includes deep archives and up-to-the-minute stories in national and regional newspapers, wire services, broadcast transcripts, international news, and non-English language sources. Use the included Company Dossier module to retrieve detailed company information and financial performance measures or identify and compare companies matching specific criteria. This product also provides access to the renowned Shepard's Citations® service for all federal and states court cases back to 1789.  
 
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LexisNexis® ''Academic'' provides access to full-text news, business, and legal publications, using a variety of flexible search options. One of the most heavily used databases in higher education, LexisNexis® ''Academic'' is available at over 1,500 libraries serving over 8 million students and faculty. It is a standard element in many research and information literacy programs.
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Access over 10,000 news, business, and legal sources. The outstanding news coverage includes deep backfiles and up-to-the-minute stories in national and regional newspapers, wire services, broadcast transcripts, international news, and non-English language sources. Use the included Company Dossier module to retrieve detailed company information and financial performance measures or identify and compare companies matching specific criteria. This product also provides access to the renowned Shepard's Citations® service for all federal and states court cases back to 1789.
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See the table of contents below for specific help topics:
 
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==Frequently Asked Questions==
 
==Frequently Asked Questions==
 
This section contains frequently asked questions about the LexisNexis Academic. If the answer is particularly long, click on the "More..." link to read the full answer.
 
This section contains frequently asked questions about the LexisNexis Academic. If the answer is particularly long, click on the "More..." link to read the full answer.
===November 2010 Sale of CIS and UPA imprints and related databases to ProQuest===
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===Support===
On November 30, Reed Elsevier, the parent company of LexisNexis, completed the sale of the CIS and UPA product lines to ProQuest.
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=====Whom do I call for help?=====
====Which products has LexisNexis sold to ProQuest?====
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Our Customer Support line is available 24/7 at 1-800-543-6862. Otherwise, you can contact your sales representative, use our [[LexisNexis Listservs|listserv]] or see the [[Contact Us]] page.
LexisNexis has sold the following products to ProQuest:
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*All CIS microform and print collections, including CIS Index, SRI, and IIS
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=====Where Can I Find a User Guide on Academic?=====
*All UPA microform and print collections
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Here, on our Knowledge Center is the best place. Use the search box above to search the Knowledge Center for a user guide or go straight to our [[:Category:User guides|User Guides]] Section. Check out the [[:Category: How To|How To]] section, as well, for small task-based user guides like "How to find an editorial."
*LexisNexis Congressional online database, including  Statutes at Large, Congressional Hearings Digital Collection, Congressional Record Permanent Digital Collection, Congressional Research Digital Collection, US Serial Set Digital Collection, and US Serial Set Maps Collection
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*LexisNexis Statistical Insight online database, including  Statistical DataSets
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*LexisNexis Government Periodical Index online database
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*LexisNexis Primary Sources in US History online database
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====Is LexisNexis exiting the academic and public library markets?====
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=====How Can I Hear about Academic Updates?=====
No - LexisNexis is retaining its flagship products for academic researchers and public library patrons:
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The primary medium for communicating news about LexisNexis Academic to the librarian community continues to be our listserv. The Academic listserv homepage is at [http://lists.lnacademic.com/scripts/wa.exe http://lists.lnacademic.com/scripts/wa.exe] To sign up for the listserv, visit [http://www.lexisnexis.com/academic/listserv/default.asp http://www.lexisnexis.com/academic/listserv/default.asp] - see our article on [[LexisNexis Listservs]], as well. The listserv is current for librarians and teaching faculty members only. We are also quite active with product updates on Twitter, so follow us @LNAcademic.
 
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*LexisNexis Academic
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*LexisNexis Library Express
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*LexisNexis Scholastic
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*LexisNexis State Capital
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LexisNexis will also continue to provide solutions for the administrative, fund raising, and legal offices of academic institutions and public libraries, including:
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*LexisNexis for Development Professionals
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*Lexis.com
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*Nexis.com
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*TotalPatent
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*TimeMatters
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====How will international sales of these products be handled?====
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ProQuest has purchased the CIS and UPA products and the rights to sell them in all markets, including internationally.  LexisNexis will continue to sell the products it has retained both domestically and internationally.
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====Why did LexisNexis sell the CIS and UPA product lines?====
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The sale was made as part of a LexisNexis effort to align its Academic & Library Solutions products, services, and content around its core mission of providing advanced solutions for legal, news, and business research and information management. The specialized content of CIS and UPA does not support this mission, so the decision was made to divest them.  We firmly believe that the academic researchers who rely on these products will be well served in the future by ProQuest, which has an outstanding reputation for its academic research databases.
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====What happens to the employees of LexisNexis Academic & Library Solutions?====
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ProQuest has extended offers of employment to all the employees of LexisNexis Academic & Library Solutions who spent the majority of their time focusing on the CIS and UPA product lines, including the field account representatives and the Sales Support team.  LexisNexis is retaining those employees who spent the majority of their time focused on the academic and library products it is retaining, including the sales team and the product management team.
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====Is my sales representative changing?====
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Not for U.S. customers.  For the foreseeable future, we plan to keep account assignments unchanged across both LexisNexis and ProQuest products.  For international customers, ProQuest representatives will be assigned to international accounts for CIS/UPA products, and they will be contacting you in the near future to introduce themselves and begin to understand your needs and how they may assist you. Please see the [[Contact Us]] page for your U.S. LexisNexis Account Manager.
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====Whom do I call for help?====
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Support for all products remains unchanged for now. For more information see the [[Contact Us]] page.
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===Enhancements for January 2010===
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Enhancements go live in January 2010, but the old interface will still be available until Summer 2010. See [[Academic Help: Overview]] for more info.
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=====What Are You Changing?=====
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There is no change in content and only minor changes to most of the existing forms. There is a new design for the navigation menus and a dramatic change to the Easy Search form. We also added a small number of additional search forms such as a "Landmark Cases" form under the "Legal" menu.
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=====Why Are You Making These Changes?=====
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The major redesign project we completed in 2007 dramatically changed the user experience with LexisNexis Academic; it also gave us far more flexibility to modify the user interface. Since then redesign we have listened to a great deal of feedback from librarian community as well as our LexisNexis colleagues who train and support users. Combining this feedback with user testing that we conducted in fall 2008, we identified several areas for improvement.  The most salient issues were that students were confused by the Easy Search form, were not finding all the options available on the navigation menu, and were not aware of the large number and great variety of valuable resources available in LexisNexis Academic. The enhancements are focused on these three issues, though we are making minor changes throughout the interface to make it easier to use. </DIV>
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=====Can I See the New Search Forms?=====
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Yes.  The new search forms are now part of our current and preferred interface. See the [[Academic Search Form Menu]] article for details on the new and changed forms.
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=====Are There New User Guides and Tutorials?=====
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This wiki will serve as the primary user guide and help text for LexisNexis Academic.  We are also planning a series of short video guides for specific research tasks.
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=====How Are You Announcing the Changes?=====
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The primary medium for communicating news about LexisNexis Academic to the librarian community continues to be our listserv. The Academic listserv homepage is at [http://lists.lnacademic.com/scripts/wa.exe http://lists.lnacademic.com/scripts/wa.exe] To sign up for the listserv, visit [http://www.lexisnexis.com/academic/listserv/default.asp http://www.lexisnexis.com/academic/listserv/default.asp]
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We will also be sending email announcements to library contacts who may not be on the listserv and will be posting announcements aimed at end users on [[LexisNexis_Academic_on_Twitter | Twitter]] and discussing the changes in detail in the Podcast currently feature in our [[Main Page | Main Page]]
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=====Do You Want To Hear My Thoughts on Improving LexisNexis Academic?=====
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Absolutely. You can tell us what you think using the feedback form at [http://www.amdev.net/lna_proto/ http://www.amdev.net/lna_proto/] or contact the product manager, [[Contact Us | Alistair Morrison]] directly.
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===Subscription and Technical Issues===
 
===Subscription and Technical Issues===
 
=====How Do I Tell if my Subscription Is Set up Correctly?=====
 
=====How Do I Tell if my Subscription Is Set up Correctly?=====
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LexisNexis Academic has been designed so that all subscribers have access to exactly the same content and features.  Unlike other LexisNexis services, there are no optional modules.  If you have access to the product then you can be confident that it has been set up correctly with the right options -- with one caveat.  You should check your subscription to ensure that it includes the Company Dossier service. Please see the article on [[Academic Subscription Configuration]].
 
LexisNexis Academic has been designed so that all subscribers have access to exactly the same content and features.  Unlike other LexisNexis services, there are no optional modules.  If you have access to the product then you can be confident that it has been set up correctly with the right options -- with one caveat.  You should check your subscription to ensure that it includes the Company Dossier service. Please see the article on [[Academic Subscription Configuration]].
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=====Is Remote Access Allowed?=====
 
=====Is Remote Access Allowed?=====
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Yes. Please see the article on [[Remote Access]].
 
Yes. Please see the article on [[Remote Access]].
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=====Does LexisNexis Support OpenURL Article Linking?=====
 
=====Does LexisNexis Support OpenURL Article Linking?=====
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LexisNexis Academic does not accept OpenURL formatted queries itself, but it supports OpenURL link resolvers by providing a [[LexisNexis Academic URL API Specification | URL API]] that can be used to link to specific titles or retrieve specific documents.
 
LexisNexis Academic does not accept OpenURL formatted queries itself, but it supports OpenURL link resolvers by providing a [[LexisNexis Academic URL API Specification | URL API]] that can be used to link to specific titles or retrieve specific documents.
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=====Does LexisNexis Support Federated Search?=====
 
=====Does LexisNexis Support Federated Search?=====
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Yes. LexisNexis Academic provides an XML gateway that can be used by federated search systems.  For more details and a list of the federated search systems currently supported, please see the article on [[Federated Search]]
 
Yes. LexisNexis Academic provides an XML gateway that can be used by federated search systems.  For more details and a list of the federated search systems currently supported, please see the article on [[Federated Search]]
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=====Does LexisNexis Provide COUNTER Compliant Usage Reports=====
 
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Not yet. We currently provide usage reports via a secure website that supply most of the data elements required by the COUNTER Code of Practice.  Please see our Subscriber Resources page on [http://academic.lexisnexis.com/online-services/subscriber-resources/usage-reports.aspx Usage Reports].
 
  
We are developing COUNTER report. Our expectation is to have COUNTER Database 3 reports (searches and sessions by database) available to users in 2010. LexisNexis databases are not considered journals services, and is neither obliged nor able to provide the detailed Journal 1 reports. [[Usage Reports|More...]]
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=====Does LexisNexis Provide COUNTER Compliant Usage Reports?=====
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Please see our Subscriber Resources page on [http://academic.lexisnexis.com/online-services/subscriber-resources/usage-reports.aspx Usage Reports].
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LexisNexis provides COUNTER Database 3 reports (searches and sessions by database)however, LexisNexis databases are not considered journals services, and is neither obliged nor able to provide the detailed Journal 1 reports. [[Usage Reports|More...]]
  
 
=====Are durable URLs available in LexisNexis Academic?=====
 
=====Are durable URLs available in LexisNexis Academic?=====
<div style="padding-left: 50pt; padding-right: 50pt;">Durable links are not automatically provided in LexisNexis Academic documents, but they are relatively easy to create, and we provide tools and other resources to help.</div>
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Durable links are not automatically provided in LexisNexis Academic documents, but they are relatively easy to create, and we provide tools and other resources to help.
  
 
=====Can I Change the Home Page or Default Sources?=====
 
=====Can I Change the Home Page or Default Sources?=====
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No. LexisNexis Academic does not support customization such as changing the home page or specifying which sources appear on a search form.  However, it does allow you to link directly to search form using the [[Academic URLs for Search Forms]].
No. LexisNexis Academic does not support customization such as changing the home page or specifying which sources appear on a search form.  However, it does allow you to link directly to search form using the [[Academic URLs for Search Forms]]. </DIV>
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===General Searching===
 
===General Searching===
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=====What Does the Create a Permanent Link Function Do?=====
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This link is found at the top of each search form and provides a permanent link back to each search form. For example, if you are on the All News form and want a permanent link to that form for future reference, click on the Create Permanent Link to link directly to All News. This link will not create a permanent link to a specific search or source. For information on how to create a permanent link to a source, see our article on [[URL API Specification]]. For information on how to create a permanent link to a document, see our article on the [[Permalink Icon]].
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=====Does the Search Box on the Main Page Search Through All Titles in Academic?=====
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No. The search box on the main page of Academic searches four major group files at once, which gives users a broad mix of content in their results lists. The Main Page's Academic Search Box is a combined search of the following content sets:
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*Newspapers (a group file of all newspapers, US and international, in LexisNexis Academic)
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*Law Reviews (a group file of all Law Review titles)
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*Company Profiles (a group file of all sources that provide Company Profiles)
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*Federal and State Cases (a group file of all Federal and State Cases content)
  
=====Should I use the Easy Search or Power Search?=====
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=====Are the Search Boxes on Each Form Performing a Freestyle or Boolean Search?=====
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Each search box (whether it be on the main page, or on any of the search forms in the Search By Content Type Menu) default to a Natural Language search. However, if a user enters a Boolean connector such as:  
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and, not, not w/n, not w/para, or, pre/n, pre/, w/, not w/seg, not w/sent, w/n, w/p, w/seg, w/s, atleast, allcaps, caps, nocaps, plural, singular
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the search box will recognize the language and run a Boolean Search. Also, if the user narrows their search by date, uses any of the options on the Advanced Section, or types in a segment like PUBLICATION(), the search will run as Boolean. [[Academic Searching Language | More...]]
  
The search form you use will always depend on your research needs. [[Academic General Tab | More...]]
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=====What Are Index Terms and Why and How Should I Use Them?=====
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LexisNexis Academic uses an index to catalog its content. If you are looking for an article, transcript, or case about baseball, you can attach the index term "Baseball" to your search and all the articles that have been indexed about "Baseball" will return. For more information, please visit our page on [[SmartIndexing]] Technology. Or our [[How To Use the Index]] user guide.
=====What is the difference between "Terms and Connectors" and "General Language" searches?=====
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<DIV style="padding-left: 50pt; padding-right: 50pt;">A "Terms and Connectors" search uses Boolean-style terms and connectors, such as PUBLICATION() and w/3, to narrow the results set. A natural language search requires just as it says, natural language. Type in words, just as you would with an internet search engine. [[Academic Searching Language | More...]]</div>
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=====What are index terms and why and how should I use them?=====
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=====Why Should I Use the Build Your Own Segment Search Section?=====
<div style="padding-left: 50pt; padding-right: 50pt;">LexisNexis Academic uses an index to catalog its content. If you are looking for an article, transcript, or case about baseball, you can attach the index term "Baseball" to your search and all the articles that have been indexed about "Baseball" will return. For more information, please visit our page on [[SmartIndexing]] Technology. Or our [[Power Search: Use the Index|Indexing User Guide]]</div>
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A document segment or section is an element within the document such as "Byline", "Date", etc. These sections are useful when you need to narrow your search to something very specific, like an author's name (byline) or a word in the headline. [[Advanced Search: Build Your Own Search | More...]]
  
=====What does it mean to search within Document Sections?=====
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=====Can I Search Within a Particular Source?=====
<div style="padding-left: 50pt; padding-right: 50pt;">A document section is an element within the document such as "Byline", "Date", etc. These sections are useful when you need to narrow your search to something very specific, like an author's name or a word in the headline. [[Academic Document Sections | More...]]</div>
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Absolutely. On the Advanced Options, there is a source word wheel that contains a list of all sources in Academic. Simply start typing the source you're looking for in the box, and the word wheel will appear with various selections.  
  
=====Can I search within a particular source?=====
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=====The Source I Wan't Doesn't Appear in the Advanced Options Word Wheel. What Now?=====
<div style="padding-left: 50pt; padding-right: 50pt;">Absolutely. On the Easy Search form, start typing the source you're looking for in the "Search The News" widget. Or click the sources tab at the top of the page and search for your source, or browse the A-Z list. You may search sources by title, country or state, or topic. Once you find a source you'd like to search within, select it and click the "OK-Continue" red button. You may select more than one source at a time.</div>
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You can also click the Source Directory links at the top of the page and search for your source. You may search sources by title, country or state, or topic. Once you find a source you'd like to search within, select it and click the "OK-Continue" red button. You may select more than one source at a time. [[Academic Source Directory | More...]]
  
 
=====Can we save searches or set up alerts in LexisNexis Academic?=====
 
=====Can we save searches or set up alerts in LexisNexis Academic?=====
<div style="padding-left: 50pt; padding-right: 50pt;">There are no personalization features in LexisNexis Academic that would allow you to save searches or set up email alerts.  However, it is relatively easy to build [[LexisNexis Academic Durable URLs | Durable URLs]] that run canned searches.</div>
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There are no personalization features in LexisNexis Academic that would allow you to save searches or set up email alerts.  However, it is relatively easy to build [[LexisNexis Academic URL API Specification | Durable URLs]] that run canned searches.
 
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=====How do I access the monthly content list (The A-Z list)?=====
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===News===
 
===News===
=====When I click on the "Select Sources" drop-down box, the publication I want to search isn't there. How do I search a particular publication?=====
 
  
<div style="padding-left: 50pt; padding-right: 50pt;">The answer is simple: Search the sources! [[Academic Sources Tab | More...]]</div>
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=====How Do I Search on All Papers From a Particular Area, Like Kansas?=====
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=====How Do I Find All Articles From a Specific Issue?=====
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LexisNexis Academic does not provide the "browse issue" feature found in some databases. However, you can easily construct a search to retrieve all articles from a specific date or date range. Many people choose a common word when trying to check whether there are any articles in a given date range. This is not very effective. The trick is to use a search terms that you know must occur in every single article. The two best candidates for this type of search are the date and the publication name.
  
<div style="padding-left: 50pt; padding-right: 50pt;">Use the Regional News Search form to search sources from a particular area. Click on the News tab, then the Regional News search form. Also, the sources tab will also help you find publications by geographic location. There, you are able to search through "aggregated sources" which include newspapers by state, region, and country. [[Academic Sources Tab | More...]]</div>
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These methods are also useful for determining if an article is missing from LexisNexis Academic.  
  
=====How do I find all articles from a specific issue?=====
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=====Why Can't I Find My Article Inside Academic?=====
  
<div style="padding-left: 50pt; padding-right: 50pt;">LexisNexis Academic does not have the "browse issue" feature found in some databases. However, you can easily construct a search that will return all articles from a specific issue date. [[Academic Searching: Find All Articles | More...]]</div>
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Articles that appeared in a print edition may be omitted from the online version for several reasons.
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*There may have been a problem in the data provided by the publisher or in the way it was processed by LexisNexis. Data problems are very rare and they normally affect all articles from a particular issue. If you think you have discovered a data problem, please report it to LexisNexis.
  
 
===Legal===
 
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=====When Searching Legal Cases, How do I search by Party Name?=====
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=====When Searching Legal Cases, How Do I Search by Party Name?=====
  
<div style="padding-left: 50pt; padding-right: 50pt;">If you use the Easy Search form, just type the names right in the two boxes. It doesn't matter which name you type first! For a more precise search, under the US Legal Tab, select the "Federal & State Cases" Search form. Type the Party name or the case name in the box provided and select "Party Name" from the drop-down box. You can type "Roe v. Wade" in the box or Roe in one box and Wade in the other box - just be sure to select "Party Name" after typing those in.</div>
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If you use the Look Up a Legal Case widget on the Main Page, just type the names right in the two boxes. It doesn't matter which name you type first! For a more precise search, in the Search by Content Type menu, select the "Federal & State Cases" Search form. Use the [[Advanced Search: Build Your Own Search|Build Your Own Segment Search]] box to select the NAME() segment. Type either or both of the party names inside the parentheses.
  
=====What are Shepard's Citations? Why do I need them?=====
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=====What are Shepard's Citations? Why Do I Need Them?=====
  
<div style="padding-left: 50pt; padding-right: 50pt;">Shepard's Citations are an extremely useful tool for legal research. By entering a case's citation number into Shepard's, you will see everytime that case has been referenced, all treatments of the case, and, most importantly, whether or not the case is "good law." If the case has been over-ruled, it may no longer be cited, and is considered "bad law." To use Shepard's, you can either enter the citation number at the Shepard's Citation search form (listed on the right side, under Federal & State cases) or from inside an actual case, you may go to the "Next Steps" drop-down box in the upper right-hand corner of your document and select "Shepardize" from the list. [[Shepard's Citations | More...]]</div>
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Shepard's Citations are an extremely useful tool for legal research. By entering a case's citation number into Shepard's, you will see every time that case has been referenced, all treatments of the case, and, most importantly, whether or not the case is "good law." If the case has been over-ruled, it may no longer be cited, and is considered "bad law." To use Shepard's, you can either enter the citation number at the Shepard's Citation search form (listed on the right side, under Federal & State cases) or from inside an actual case, you may go to the "Next Steps" drop-down box in the upper right-hand corner of your document and select "Shepardize" from the list. [[Shepard's Citations | More...]]
  
 
===Business===
 
===Business===
  
=====What can I find in Company Dossier?=====
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=====What Can I Find in Company Dossier?=====
 
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[[Business | Company Dossier]] is a critical tool for business majors or anyone doing business research. You can find most public company information for companies including: analysis and basic information, current news stories, company profiles, list of competitors, corporate hierarchy, financial information, legal information, and intellectual property information.
<div style="padding-left: 50pt; padding-right: 50pt;">[[Business | Company Dossier]] is a critical tool for business majors or anyone doing business research. You can find most public company information for companies including: analysis and basic information, current news stories, company profiles, list of competitors, corporate hierarchy, financial information, legal information, and intellectual property information. <br>
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===People===
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=====What can I find through the People Search on the Easy Search Form?=====
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<div style="padding-left: 50pt; padding-right: 50pt;">By entering in a first and last name, you can find a variety of things about a person. It is important to remember this is not a background-checking service. Access to individual and personal public records is not available through this search form. Instead, you'll find: general biographical information, executive directories, current congress biographical profiles, legal biographies, government biographies, law directories, legislative biographies, who's who foreign listings, and obituary information. This search also searches throught the Marquis Who's Who database included in your subscription.</div>
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==Related Articles==
 
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==External Links==
 
==External Links==
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==User Guides==
 
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[[Academic Refreshed]]
 

Latest revision as of 15:48, 9 January 2014

Academic Main Page

LexisNexis® Academic provides access to full-text news, business, and legal publications, using a variety of flexible search options. One of the most heavily used databases in higher education, LexisNexis® Academic is available at over 1,500 libraries serving over 8 million students and faculty. It is a standard element in many research and information literacy programs.

Access over 15,000 news, business, and legal sources. The outstanding news coverage includes deep archives and up-to-the-minute stories in national and regional newspapers, wire services, broadcast transcripts, international news, and non-English language sources. Use the included Company Dossier module to retrieve detailed company information and financial performance measures or identify and compare companies matching specific criteria. This product also provides access to the renowned Shepard's Citations® service for all federal and states court cases back to 1789.

See the table of contents below for specific help topics:

Contents

[edit] Frequently Asked Questions

This section contains frequently asked questions about the LexisNexis Academic. If the answer is particularly long, click on the "More..." link to read the full answer.

[edit] Support

[edit] Whom do I call for help?

Our Customer Support line is available 24/7 at 1-800-543-6862. Otherwise, you can contact your sales representative, use our listserv or see the Contact Us page.

[edit] Where Can I Find a User Guide on Academic?

Here, on our Knowledge Center is the best place. Use the search box above to search the Knowledge Center for a user guide or go straight to our User Guides Section. Check out the How To section, as well, for small task-based user guides like "How to find an editorial."

[edit] How Can I Hear about Academic Updates?

The primary medium for communicating news about LexisNexis Academic to the librarian community continues to be our listserv. The Academic listserv homepage is at http://lists.lnacademic.com/scripts/wa.exe To sign up for the listserv, visit http://www.lexisnexis.com/academic/listserv/default.asp - see our article on LexisNexis Listservs, as well. The listserv is current for librarians and teaching faculty members only. We are also quite active with product updates on Twitter, so follow us @LNAcademic.

[edit] Subscription and Technical Issues

[edit] How Do I Tell if my Subscription Is Set up Correctly?

LexisNexis Academic has been designed so that all subscribers have access to exactly the same content and features. Unlike other LexisNexis services, there are no optional modules. If you have access to the product then you can be confident that it has been set up correctly with the right options -- with one caveat. You should check your subscription to ensure that it includes the Company Dossier service. Please see the article on Academic Subscription Configuration.

[edit] Is Remote Access Allowed?

Yes. Please see the article on Remote Access.

[edit] Does LexisNexis Support OpenURL Article Linking?

LexisNexis Academic does not accept OpenURL formatted queries itself, but it supports OpenURL link resolvers by providing a URL API that can be used to link to specific titles or retrieve specific documents.

[edit] Does LexisNexis Support Federated Search?

Yes. LexisNexis Academic provides an XML gateway that can be used by federated search systems. For more details and a list of the federated search systems currently supported, please see the article on Federated Search


[edit] Does LexisNexis Provide COUNTER Compliant Usage Reports?

Please see our Subscriber Resources page on Usage Reports.

LexisNexis provides COUNTER Database 3 reports (searches and sessions by database)however, LexisNexis databases are not considered journals services, and is neither obliged nor able to provide the detailed Journal 1 reports. More...

[edit] Are durable URLs available in LexisNexis Academic?

Durable links are not automatically provided in LexisNexis Academic documents, but they are relatively easy to create, and we provide tools and other resources to help.

[edit] Can I Change the Home Page or Default Sources?

No. LexisNexis Academic does not support customization such as changing the home page or specifying which sources appear on a search form. However, it does allow you to link directly to search form using the Academic URLs for Search Forms.

[edit] General Searching

[edit] What Does the Create a Permanent Link Function Do?

This link is found at the top of each search form and provides a permanent link back to each search form. For example, if you are on the All News form and want a permanent link to that form for future reference, click on the Create Permanent Link to link directly to All News. This link will not create a permanent link to a specific search or source. For information on how to create a permanent link to a source, see our article on URL API Specification. For information on how to create a permanent link to a document, see our article on the Permalink Icon.

[edit] Does the Search Box on the Main Page Search Through All Titles in Academic?

No. The search box on the main page of Academic searches four major group files at once, which gives users a broad mix of content in their results lists. The Main Page's Academic Search Box is a combined search of the following content sets:

  • Newspapers (a group file of all newspapers, US and international, in LexisNexis Academic)
  • Law Reviews (a group file of all Law Review titles)
  • Company Profiles (a group file of all sources that provide Company Profiles)
  • Federal and State Cases (a group file of all Federal and State Cases content)
[edit] Are the Search Boxes on Each Form Performing a Freestyle or Boolean Search?

Each search box (whether it be on the main page, or on any of the search forms in the Search By Content Type Menu) default to a Natural Language search. However, if a user enters a Boolean connector such as:

and, not, not w/n, not w/para, or, pre/n, pre/, w/, not w/seg, not w/sent, w/n, w/p, w/seg, w/s, atleast, allcaps, caps, nocaps, plural, singular 

the search box will recognize the language and run a Boolean Search. Also, if the user narrows their search by date, uses any of the options on the Advanced Section, or types in a segment like PUBLICATION(), the search will run as Boolean. More...

[edit] What Are Index Terms and Why and How Should I Use Them?

LexisNexis Academic uses an index to catalog its content. If you are looking for an article, transcript, or case about baseball, you can attach the index term "Baseball" to your search and all the articles that have been indexed about "Baseball" will return. For more information, please visit our page on SmartIndexing Technology. Or our How To Use the Index user guide.

[edit] Why Should I Use the Build Your Own Segment Search Section?

A document segment or section is an element within the document such as "Byline", "Date", etc. These sections are useful when you need to narrow your search to something very specific, like an author's name (byline) or a word in the headline. More...

[edit] Can I Search Within a Particular Source?

Absolutely. On the Advanced Options, there is a source word wheel that contains a list of all sources in Academic. Simply start typing the source you're looking for in the box, and the word wheel will appear with various selections.

[edit] The Source I Wan't Doesn't Appear in the Advanced Options Word Wheel. What Now?

You can also click the Source Directory links at the top of the page and search for your source. You may search sources by title, country or state, or topic. Once you find a source you'd like to search within, select it and click the "OK-Continue" red button. You may select more than one source at a time. More...

[edit] Can we save searches or set up alerts in LexisNexis Academic?

There are no personalization features in LexisNexis Academic that would allow you to save searches or set up email alerts. However, it is relatively easy to build Durable URLs that run canned searches.

[edit] News

[edit] How Do I Search on All Papers From a Particular Area, Like Kansas?

Use the Advanced Options on the All News form to search sources from a particular area. See the How To Search Newspapers by State user guide for more information

[edit] How Do I Find All Articles From a Specific Issue?

LexisNexis Academic does not provide the "browse issue" feature found in some databases. However, you can easily construct a search to retrieve all articles from a specific date or date range. Many people choose a common word when trying to check whether there are any articles in a given date range. This is not very effective. The trick is to use a search terms that you know must occur in every single article. The two best candidates for this type of search are the date and the publication name.

These methods are also useful for determining if an article is missing from LexisNexis Academic.

[edit] Why Can't I Find My Article Inside Academic?

Articles that appeared in a print edition may be omitted from the online version for several reasons.

  • They may have been part of a local edition of a newspaper rather than the standard version the publisher provides to LexisNexis.
  • They may have been written by a freelancer who decided not to grant the publisher permission to reproduce the article online, as is required under the U.S. Supreme Court Tasini Decision.
  • There may have been a problem in the data provided by the publisher or in the way it was processed by LexisNexis. Data problems are very rare and they normally affect all articles from a particular issue. If you think you have discovered a data problem, please report it to LexisNexis.

[edit] Legal

[edit] When Searching Legal Cases, How Do I Search by Party Name?

If you use the Look Up a Legal Case widget on the Main Page, just type the names right in the two boxes. It doesn't matter which name you type first! For a more precise search, in the Search by Content Type menu, select the "Federal & State Cases" Search form. Use the Build Your Own Segment Search box to select the NAME() segment. Type either or both of the party names inside the parentheses.

[edit] What are Shepard's Citations? Why Do I Need Them?

Shepard's Citations are an extremely useful tool for legal research. By entering a case's citation number into Shepard's, you will see every time that case has been referenced, all treatments of the case, and, most importantly, whether or not the case is "good law." If the case has been over-ruled, it may no longer be cited, and is considered "bad law." To use Shepard's, you can either enter the citation number at the Shepard's Citation search form (listed on the right side, under Federal & State cases) or from inside an actual case, you may go to the "Next Steps" drop-down box in the upper right-hand corner of your document and select "Shepardize" from the list. More...

[edit] Business

[edit] What Can I Find in Company Dossier?

Company Dossier is a critical tool for business majors or anyone doing business research. You can find most public company information for companies including: analysis and basic information, current news stories, company profiles, list of competitors, corporate hierarchy, financial information, legal information, and intellectual property information.

[edit] Related Articles

[edit] Product Management and Advisory Committee

[edit] Special Links

[edit] Instructional Materials

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