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Do you know how to raise awareness of Human Trafficking by using LexisNexis Academic?

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Help raise awareness of human trafficking by joining mtvU's "Against Our Will" Challenge. Right now, there are millions of sex and labor slaves worldwide – and many of them are right here in America. But you have the power to make a difference and help stop this horrific human rights atrocity.


The challenge asks students to create innovative digital tools that raise awareness of and encourage action on modern day slavery in the U.S. Modern-day slavery, or human trafficking, includes both sex and labor slavery and has been reported in all 50 states in the past two years. The winning digital tool will win at $10,000 prize furnished by LexisNexis.


Visit the Against Our Will website for more information on the challenge and human trafficking. Also, see our guide on Common Legal Research Assignments to see how you can research human trafficking using LexisNexis Academic.

--Jennifer Matheny 9:50, 2 February, 2012 (EST)


Did you know that LexisNexis Academic has updated its CNN content?

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Last quarter, LexisNexis added a few new titles to their CNN transcripts file – and they are all now available on LexisNexis Academic. Shows like Wakeup Call and Dr. Drew are now available in full text. Besides shows, sources like CNN Wire gather international news from around the globe and deliver premium CNN content. Click here to search the CNN group file, or click here to search CNN Wire as a single source. br>


--Christian Burke 10:00, November 1, 2011 (EDT)




Did you know that you can now obtain links to single documents in LexisNexis Academic?

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Last week, LexisNexis Academic released permalinking functionality that lets you save a link to single document! When you run a search and click on a result, you will see an icon in the upper right corner of your screen for permalinking. Click on this icon to copy and paste the URL. This is great if you need to bookmark a document, link to an article in a research paper or even share a link on Facebook! Visit our new page on the Permalink Icon for more information.

--Christian Burke 4:00, September 8, 2011 (EDT)




Did you know that you can search legal reference materials on LexisNexis Academic?

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Are you having trouble with legal acronyms? Academic is here to help! On our Legal Reference Search form you can search things like Legal Dictionaries, Law School directories, and listings of legal professionals. The search form makes it easy to quickly search through titles like “Bieber’s Dictionary of Legal Abbreviations”, among others. AmJur is also available on the form to search through or browse! Next time you come across a term you don’t understand like “abatement of action,” or what “A.S.P.” stands for – look it up with Academic!

--Christian Burke 11:00, September 1, 2011 (EDT)




Did you know you can find extensive biographical information in LexisNexis Academic?

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LexisNexis Academic makes it easy for you to find biographies with great sources like Marquis Who's Who® Biographies, Political Profiles, and Entertainment Biographies.

To reach the Marquis title, click http://www.lexisnexis.com/hottopics/lnacademic/?verb=sf&sfi=AC00NBGenSrch&csi=153987.

Another great place begin your search is with the Easy Search form or the People from under the “Subject Areas” heading.

Whether you’re looking for an artist, a political candidate or information about a CEO – LexisNexis Academic is an unparalleled resource for biographical information.

--Christian Burke 11:00, 31 May, 2011 (EDT)




How much do you know about Case Citations? Our first Law School 101 article can help!

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In a previous tip of the week, we showed you different case citation formats (see Legal Citation Formats), but how well do you know the basics of legal case citations? Our new article, Law School 101: Case Citations, answers the following questions:

• What is a case citation?
• Where do I find a citation?
• Why are there multiple citations for the same case?
• How do I find a case if I don’t have a citation?

Check out this helpful article on the wiki – and look for more Law School 101 articles in the very near future!

--Christian Burke 10:30, 11 May, 2011 (EDT)




Did you know that LexisNexis Academic now includes direct links to Landmark Supreme Court Cases?

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In the US Legal section, navigate to the "Landmark Cases" form to see a list of Landmark Supreme Court cases. These cases are arranged by topic and include subjects like: Elections, Civil Rights, Capital Punishment, and Freedom of Religion.

Libraries can link directly to this form via this URL: http://www.lexisnexis.com/hottopics/lnacademic/?verb=sf&sfi=AC07STLandmarkCases.

To learn more about this form, visit our wiki article/help text by clicking here. Go! Try it out!

--Christian Burke 9:00, 7 May, 2011 (EDT)





Did you know a Company Dossier search searches over 70 sources at once?

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By simply entering a company’s name or ticker symbol into the Get Company Info section, you are actually doing over 70 searches simultaneously. Company Dossier is the one-stop-shop for comprehensive company information including detailed company profiles, financials and stock price history, legal activities, and intellectual property. With access to detailed information on over 43 million public and private companies, both domestic and international, Company Dossier is an excellent resource for business students!

For more information on Company Dossier, check out our Business wiki article.

--Christian Burke 2:00, 27 APR, 2011 (EDT)



Did you know you can get up-to-date news coverage about Japan in LexisNexis Academic?

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LexisNexis Academic has added two new index terms to make it easier for you to access continuing news coverage of the Japan’s nuclear disaster following the earthquake and tsunami. To find news stories about Japan’s disaster, choose one of the following New Index Terms:

  • March 2011 Japan Nuclear Disaster
  • March 2011 Japan Earthquake & Tsunami

Click on the Power Search form and then “Subject” in the “Add Index Terms” section. Click the “Find” Radio button and type in “March 2011 Japan”. If you need more help searching the index, click here to use our guide.

For more information on the Japanese disasters search the Japan Times, the oldest English-language paper in Japan, in LexisNexis Academic click on the following link:
http://www.lexisnexis.com/hottopics/lnacademic/?verb=sf&sfi=AC00NBGenSrch&csi=169018

--Christian Burke 11:30, 14 APR, 2011 (EDT)


Did you know that you can now remove duplicate news stories in LexisNexis Academic?

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When you do a news search, you now have the option to remove duplicate news stories. In the results set, you will see a button that you can turn on or off to deduplicate your results! For more detailed information about how this new functionality works, check out our new wiki article, Deduplication of News Stories.

--Christian Burke 11:30, 14 APR, 2011 (EDT)







Did you know that you can watch the Academic Binder Series of User Guides on YouTube?

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Last year, we added the Academic Binder Series of user guides to the wiki. These popular user guides are small task-based guides that show you how to research in LexisNexis Academic, step-by-step. Each of these tutorials have been given the YouTube treatment! You can find all of them on our YouTube channel, or go to each of the guides on the wiki and see the videos embedded right there inside the article. Check them out, subscribe, and comment!

--Jennifer Matheny 11:40, 02 NOV, 2010 (EDT)







Do you need help with Legal Citations?

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Did you ever try to look up a case by legal citation and get an error message in return? Do you ever get confused just thinking about legal citation format? We understand. Check out our new wiki article about Legal Citation Formats. The article contains various examples of legal citation formats for most jurisdictions and types of legal materials. These examples come from The BlueBook: A Uniform System of Citation. For more information on Legal Citation, check out Cornell Law's Basic Legal Citation site.

--Jennifer Matheny 11:23, 19 OCT, 2010 (EDT)





Do you need help understanding Shepard's® Citations in LexisNexis Academic?

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During your legal research, did you ever look at a case within LexisNexis Academic and see a red icon at the top that looks like a stop sign? Maybe a yellow triangle? These are Shepard's icons from the Shepard's® Citations service. These icons are there to show the previous treatment of the case - in other words, whether or not the case is still "good law." If the case has been overruled, it is considered "bad law" and may no longer be cited as a legal precedent. The Shepard's Citations service also provides a report that shows every opinion where that case has been referenced.

If you need help understanding and using Shepard's Citations, take a look at our Shepard's Citations wiki article. The article shows you how to "Shepardize" a case, how to read the report, and gives you an icon key, as seen on the left. Happy Shepardizing!




--Jennifer Matheny 10:29, 06 OCT, 2010 (EDT)

Did you know about all of the Congressional Blogs in LexisNexis Academic?

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You may have heard about Newstex Blogs on LexisNexis Academic - there are over 3,000 different blogs inside the database. These include blogs about entertainment, politics, business, law, and a wide variety of other topics. An exciting inclusion in the Newstex file is the collection of Congressional Blogs. The Newstex Congressional source allows you access to blogs compiled by Newstex. If a specific Congress member has a blog, Newstex will provide their blog posts. If the Congress member has a Twitter feed, Newstex will compile the day's Tweets about or from that person. If the COngress member does not have a Twitter or a blog, Newstex will compile tweets, blogs, or news articles that mention this member of Congress.

Use the PERSON() string to search for a particular Congress member. For example, PERSON(John McCain). These blogs are also available on the Government & Politics search form in the Subject Areas section of LexisNexis Academic. Click the Government & Politics Blogs source.

--Jennifer Matheny 14:57, 22 Sep, 2010 (EDT)



Did you know that you can search through image metadata in LexisNexis Academic?

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Although LexisNexis Academic rarely contains images in documents - when an image is included in a print article, the metadata is still present in our database. Are you curious to see how many newspapers re-ran an Annie Liebovitz photo on a particular day? Do you want to know how many Getty Images are used by newspapers this month? Use the GRAPHIC section in your search!

On the Power Search form, select a publication or a group file. Then, the Add Section search should pop up. Select "GRAPHIC" from the drop-down box. Type in your term and click the blue Add to Search button. Searching metadata - that's so meta!

--Jennifer Matheny 10:05, 22 Sep, 2010 (EDT)






Have you signed up for LexisNexis Academic QuizWhiz Competition?

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LexisNexis Academic QuizWhiz is now underway! Open to all U.S. Students at subscribing institutions, this fun competition requires you to answer a new trivia question each week. These trivia questions will be multiple choice - and you can find the answers by using LexisNexis Academic!

Each trivia question has a point value. Points may be redeemed for gift cards from national retailers in values of $5, $10, $20, $50 and $100. It's free to play! For more information, as well as a link to the official rules of the competition, click here. Good luck!

--Jennifer Matheny 11:03, 14 Sep, 2010 (EDT)



Did you know about all of the Environmental content in LexisNexis Academic?

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Go beyond Global Warming in your research. Check out our new Environmental Studies Search form in LexisNexis Academic. The search form highlights all of the environmental content: news stories, law reviews, and newsletters. You'll also find Federal & State Environmental Site Records and The Environmental Law Reporter.

To find the Environmental Studies search form, navigate to the Subject Areas section, and click on "Environmental Studies".

Libraries can link directly to this form via this URL:
http://www.lexisnexis.com/hottopics/lnacademic/?verb=sf&sfi=AC02NBEnvironStSrch.
To learn more about this form, visit our wiki article/help text by clicking here.

--Jennifer Matheny 12:20, 31 Aug, 2010 (EDT)



Did you know that LexisNexis Academic includes Consumer Reports and Product Reviews?

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Are you doing research on a household item? Do you need current information for your business class on automotive recalls? Besides research, are you on the cusp of a major purchase and just want to read some reviews?

One of the newest forms in the enhanced version of LexisNexis Academic is the "Consumer Information" form. In the Subject Areas section, navigate to the Consumer Information form. There, you will see sources such as: Consumer Reports; Homewares, Appliances, and Electronics Stories; Home Decorating and Renovation Magazines; etc.

These sources can help you find recent or historical coverage on Consumer Information. Buyer Beware!

Libraries can link directly to this form via this URL:
http://www.lexisnexis.com/hottopics/lnacademic/?verb=sf&sfi=AC09NBConsumerSrch.
To learn more about this form, visit our wiki article/help text by clicking here.

--Jennifer Matheny 12:20, 24 Aug, 2010 (EDT)