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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.
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.
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.
On November 30, Reed Elsevier, the parent company of LexisNexis, completed the sale of the CIS and UPA product lines to ProQuest.
Which products has LexisNexis sold to ProQuest?
LexisNexis has sold the following products to ProQuest:
- All CIS microform and print collections, including CIS Index, SRI, and IIS
- All UPA microform and print collections
- 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
- LexisNexis Statistical Insight online database, including Statistical DataSets
- LexisNexis Government Periodical Index online database
- LexisNexis Primary Sources in US History online database
Is LexisNexis exiting the academic and public library markets?
No - LexisNexis is retaining its flagship products for academic researchers and public library patrons:
- LexisNexis Academic
- LexisNexis Library Express
- LexisNexis Scholastic
- LexisNexis State Capital
LexisNexis will also continue to provide solutions for the administrative, fund raising, and legal offices of academic institutions and public libraries, including:
- LexisNexis for Development Professionals
How will international sales of these products be handled?
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.
Why did LexisNexis sell the CIS and UPA product lines?
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.
What happens to the employees of LexisNexis Academic & Library Solutions?
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.
Is my sales representative changing?
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.
Whom do I call for help?
Support for all products remains unchanged for now. For more information see the Contact Us page.
Enhancements for January 2010
Enhancements go live in January 2010, but the old interface will still be available until Summer 2010. See Academic Help: Overview for more info.
What Are You Changing?
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.
Why Are You Making These Changes?
Can I See the New Search Forms?
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.
Are There New User Guides and Tutorials?
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.
How Are You Announcing the Changes?
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
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 Twitter and discussing the changes in detail in the Podcast currently feature in our Main Page
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Subscription and Technical Issues
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.
Is Remote Access Allowed?
Yes. Please see the article on Remote Access.
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.
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
Does LexisNexis Provide COUNTER Compliant Usage Reports
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 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. More...
Are durable URLs available in LexisNexis Academic?
Can I Change the Home Page or Default Sources?
Should I use the Easy Search or Power Search?
The search form you use will always depend on your research needs. More...
What is the difference between "Terms and Connectors" and "General Language" searches?
What are index terms and why and how should I use them?
What does it mean to search within Document Sections?
Can I search within a particular source?
Can we save searches or set up alerts in LexisNexis Academic?
How do I access the monthly content list (The A-Z list)?
Visit http://amdev.net/rpt_std_content.php to download the monthly content list.
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?
How do I search on all papers from a particular area, like Kansas?
How do I find all articles from a specific issue?
When Searching Legal Cases, How do I search by Party Name?
What are Shepard's Citations? Why do I need them?
What can I find in Company Dossier?
In addition to this, you may use the "Compare Companies" search form to compare up to 5 companies at a time.
What can I find through the People Search on the Easy Search Form?
Product Management and Advisory Committee
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