Academic Help: Easy Search
About Easy Search
This form provides quick access to the most popular content in LexisNexis Academic. The Easy Search page is the default screen. As you can see, there are six widgets on the Easy Search form. This combination of widgets should help you accomplish most basic research tasks such as:
- Search news stories
- Find a legal case by Citation or Party Name
- Find a company profile by Name or Ticker Symbol
- Find a country profile
- Research a person
- Do a broad search across different types of sources
Search the News
The "Search the News" widget provides a box for you to enter your search terms and two ways for you to choose where you search. Selecting by Source Type lets you search all the sources within each of the following types:
- Major World Publications
- Wire Services
- Broadcast Transcripts
- All News
Selecting by Name lets you choose a specific newspaper or magazine for your search. Just start typing the title of the publication you want in the box. The auto-complete feature will will show you the sources that match your input. If your source is not found, that does not mean it is not in LexisNexis. To see a complete directory of sources, click the "Sources" link on the widget to go to the Source Directory. From here, you can search through our over 13,000 sources to find the exact one you need.
This widget uses Natural Language Searching, so there is no need to use connectors such as "AND" and "OR" between words. You should put phrases in quotation marks for best results. If you want to create a more precise search using a date restriction, Boolean Operators, or Academic Document Sections click the link provided at the bottom of the widget to navigate to the All News form.
Look up a Legal Case
This widget allows you to find a legal case by citation number or party name. If you are looking up a Landmark Supreme Court case, such as Roe v. Wade, you may want to use the link provided on the widget to navigate to the Landmark Cases search form.
Make sure when entering the legal citation that the format is correct. You will not get a search result if your legal citation is not formatted properly. For details, see the article on Legal Citation Formats
If you are entering a party name, it does not matter which side of the v. you enter the name on. Roe v. Wade will bring the same results as Wade v. Roe. You can also run a search on a single name if it unusual enough, for example "Plessy."
To search for cases related to a specific topic such as Civil Rights, try entering a word or phrase in the By Topic search box. You can connect terms with AND and OR for Boolean Searching. For more details and tips, see the article on Legal Topics Search
To search cases by legal topic, attorney, judge, etc, use the links provided on the widget to navigate to other legal search forms. These forms will allow you to do a more advanced search.
Get Company Info
The Get Company Info widget allows you to get a company profile by entering a Company Name or a Ticker Symbol. Company Profiles include Hoover's Company Records, LexisNexis Corporate Affiliations, Standard & Poors Corporate Descriptions, and Nelson's Analyst Company Coverage to name a few. To do more in-depth Business research, navigate to the "Companies" section on the leftnav bar or click on the "Company Dossier" link provided at the bottom of the widget.
The Hot Topics Links widget provides one-click searching for popular current events topics. Simply click the link to see a results list of the most current and relevant articles.
Each Hot Topic search was specially constructed to return the best results. Searches vary by link, but all links search aggregated news sources such as:
- Major World Publications
- US Newspapers
- Major Newspapers
- All News, English
Date ranges vary, as well, but all results will be from the last 30 days or earlier.
The Research People widget will help you research public figures. Enter at least a last name in the input boxes provided.
If you wish to find general information about the public figure, select "Biographies" from the source drop-down box. However, to see recent news stories that include the person, select "Recent News Stories."
The Combined Search widget is useful when you would like to search a particular topic over different types of content. For example, if you would like to find news articles about Microsoft, but would also like to see their Company Profile, you can find both easily by using this widget. You can search:
- Major US & World news
- Company profile
- SEC Filings
- US & State Legal Cases
- Law Reviews
Use the Date drop-down box to restrict your search to a selected period of time.