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.
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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.
Whom do I call for help?
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."
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.
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?
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...
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.
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.
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)
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...
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.
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...
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.
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...
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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