Academic Help: Getting Started

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The URL for Academic is [http://www.lexisnexis.com/hottopics/lnacademic http://www.lexisnexis.com/hottopics/lnacademic]. If you're on campus, your IP will be automatically authenticated. If you're off-campus, you may need to travel through your library's portal page. We're probably found in the "Databases" section. If you need help getting access, ask a librarian!
 
The URL for Academic is [http://www.lexisnexis.com/hottopics/lnacademic http://www.lexisnexis.com/hottopics/lnacademic]. If you're on campus, your IP will be automatically authenticated. If you're off-campus, you may need to travel through your library's portal page. We're probably found in the "Databases" section. If you need help getting access, ask a librarian!
  
==Easy Search Form for Most Searches==
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==Main Search Box for Most Searches==
[[Image:EasySearch2.jpg|thumb|right|LexisNexis Academic: Easy Search form]]
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[[Image: Main_General3.jpg|right|frame|Academic Main Page]]
The first thing you see when you get to LexisNexis Academic will probably be the Easy Search form. You may not need to travel any further than the Easy Search form, but that will depend on your research goals. The Easy Search form was designed to handle 80% of research needs. If you find yourself in the 20% who needs a more defined search, we will get to that later in the article.
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The first thing you see when you get to LexisNexis Academic will probably be the main Academic Search box. You may not need to travel any further to any other search form, but that will depend on your research goals. The main page was designed to handle 80% of research needs.  
  
The Easy Search form contains 6 search widgets:
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If you find yourself in the 20% who needs a more defined search, we will get to that later in the article.
*Search the News
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*Look up a Legal Case
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*Get Company Info
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*Research Companies
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*Research People
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*Combined Search (this widget searches different types of content at once)
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Check out our [[Academic Help: Easy Search|help text]] for the Easy Search article if you want more information.
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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)
  
==Power Search Form for Advanced Searching==
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Simply type in a term and your results list will bring back news, cases, law reviews, and company information relevant to your search. However, as previously mentioned, you might want some more precise.
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==Advanced Options for Precise Searching==
 
[[Image:Power_2009_09.jpg|right|thumb|LexisNexis Academic Power Search form]]
 
[[Image:Power_2009_09.jpg|right|thumb|LexisNexis Academic Power Search form]]
 
There may be reasons that you need more options than what are offered on the Easy Search form. Here is a small list of reasons that you may need to use the Power Search form instead of the Easy Search form:
 
There may be reasons that you need more options than what are offered on the Easy Search form. Here is a small list of reasons that you may need to use the Power Search form instead of the Easy Search form:

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