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New video tutorials!!! View our new tutorials on how to edit an existing article and how to create a new article by clicking here.


[edit] Become a Contributor

Public librarians who support LexisNexis® Library Express users at subscribing libraries are invited to register as contributors. Follow the "Login" link in the menu at the top right to set up your account. Please note that before you can begin contributing, your account must be activated by LexisNexis staff. Usually, this will take less than one workday. Your contributions will be tagged with your user ID.

[edit] Guidelines

The focus of the wiki is to serve people who use or support LexisNexis® Library Express. Articles on tips, tricks, search techniques, and related resources are very welcome.

If you create a new page or section, please use a short and informative title and please follow general layout of existing pages. Please write in a style suited to instruction and technical writing. Edit work contributed by others only to improve clarity or correct errors. Please be prepared to have your own contributions edited by others.

The wiki covers mutliple products, so please be sure to specify which LexisNexis® product you are talking about.

LexisNexis staff will periodically edit contributions to impose a consistent style and layout. Inappropriate content and content not related to the focus of the wiki will be removed.

[edit] Editing an existing article

If you are already a registered contributor, simply click the "edit" tab at the top of each article.

[edit] Creating a new article

If you're a visual learner, view our new tutorials on how to edit an existing article and how to create a new article by clicking here.

There are two ways to make an article from scratch:

Creating a new article within an article

The editing toolbar
The editing toolbar
If you are reading an article and decide to create a page directly related to that article, simply click the "edit" tab at the top of the page. From there, you will be taken to the mark-up page. This mark-up page will allow you to edit text and use wiki code to format the article. To help you, you will notice the wiki language tool bar (pictured at the left) at the top of the page. Move your cursor over each button to see a description of what each one does. The third button from the left (the underlined Ab button) will create a new article for you. If the article contains the a word or phrase that you would like to use as your new article title, simply highlight the word or phrase and then click this button.

If the article does not include the word or phrase you'd like to use as your title, you can make an article with your own title by using simply typing the title between two bracket pairs.

For example, if I wanted to create an article called "Article", I would click on the edit tab and then type [[Article]], making sure to incorporate that word somewhere into the already existing article.

After clicking save, you will notice that your new article hyper-linked in bright red. Click on the red link and will automatically be taken to the mark-up page of your new article. Add text and save to create your new article.

Creating a new article from a search

Type in your article's name in the search box at the top right of our wiki. Unless an article with this title already exists, the results page will say "There is no page titled _______" and then a link that says "You can create this page." By clicking on that link, you will automatically create a new article with the exact words you searched under as the working title. In these cases, be sure and use an a search string that could double as a title.

[edit] Add An Image

Make sure your image is in .jpg format. Click the "Upload file" link on the left tool bar. Follow the directions to upload your file, making sure to take note of the file name.

Once your file is uploaded, click on the edit tab of an article and type [[Image: filename.jpg]] at the section of the article where you'd like to insert the image. Use the dividing bar to format the image. For example, if you'd like to make the file 300 pixels and align it to the right, you would type [[Image: filename.jpg|300px|right]]

Type "thumb" in a division to create a thumbnail image. For example: [[Image: filename.jpg|right|thumb]]

[edit] Categories

When you create a page, don't forget to attach a category to your article. Every article in the wiki must contain at least one category term. Be sure and add the category name for each product you write about in your article. For example, if you found a new way to search book reviews in LexisNexis® Library Express, please attach the cateogory term "LexisNexis Library Express" to this article. Creating new categories are also possible, but please use a short and informative title, as you have with your articles. Before you create a new category, please make sure that a like-category doesn't already exist.

[edit] Report Problems

If you have any trouble logging in or working with the wiki, please email Jennifer Matheny at jennifer.matheny [at] with the subject line "Public Library Wiki."

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