Ramsey Library Research Guides
Searching LexisNexis Academic
Lexis, the first commercial, full-text legal information service, began in 1973. The companion news and information service, Nexis, began in 1979.
Lexis-Nexis Academic is a special version of Lexis-Nexis for academic libraries. It offers access to news and wire services; company, industry and market information; case law and law reviews; medical news; biographical information, and more.
Getting Started with Academic Universe
The Lexis-Nexis Academic Universe support site has an excellent "Knowledge Base" Tutorial with the following modules:
Everything you need to know to get started is there, with examples and illustrations. We have summarized the most important information here.
First, the LexisNexis Academic main menu organizes searchable data into 5 broad subject areas: News, Business, Legal Research, Medical, and Reference.
Click an icon such as to open a menu of more specific search topics.
Click an underlined topic to open a Search Form. For example, the category News is divided into these more specific areas:
To see what Sources are included in a topic search, click the small Source List button:
For any title in the list click the link to About this title to get the date that coverage began and other details.
Choosing the Correct News Category
Use this option to search major newspapers. If you scroll down past the search form, you will see that a major newspaper must meet certain criteria:
If you want to search a general news source other than major newspapers, select a different Source type from the drop-down menu:
Use this category to search regional newspapers or newspapers that are not among the top 50 in circulation, such as The Charlotte Observer. First, select a region OR a state by clicking the radio button for your choice:
Then select an option from the associated drop down menu. Regions include:
Use this option to find news articles from a non-U.S. perspective. Select a region to search from the drop down menu. Choose from:
Using a Search Form
Choose a Basic or More Options Search Form:
|OR and AND indicate relationships between search terms:||Example:|
|Use AND to combine search terms
(But if "and" is part of a phrase you want to search, leave it out.)
|kosovo and peacekeeping
heirs assigns retrieves "heirs and assigns"
|Use OR to search one term or another
when either term is acceptable in results
|sales or marketing
dividends or interest
|Use AND NOT to eliminate a term from results.||jordan and not michael jordan|
|a phrase||volkswagen beetle|
|a wildcard character in a word
(except the first character in a word)
|wom*n finds woman or women
gam**ing finds gaming or gambling
|any ending on a word or word root
(Truncation used on very short words may give odd results.**)
|negligen! finds negligent, negligently, or negligence|
|words in the same document||airplanes or helicopters
trains and airplanes
|words separated by any number of words
in any order
|john w/3 doe
albright w/20 peace talks
|words in the same paragraph
words not in the same paragraph
|rule w/p sanction
cable not w/p tv
|words in the same sentence
words not in the same sentence
|sanction w/s frivolous
market not w/s share
|words in order within n words
words not within n words
|cable pre/2 television
finds cable television, but not television cables
rico not w/5 puerto
both words may appear but not within 5 words
|words must appear at least n times in a single document
(n=number from 1 - 255)
(Use this option to find "in depth" articles.)
|atleast3(peace talks) and albright
atleast5(budget) and atleast5(defense)
**Words that work best are those that are unique in their truncated form.
Example: If you search for fir! (thinking that you want to find fired, firing, or fires), your
results will also include first, firm, and so on.
|a legal citation
343 U.S. 498
40 CFR 280.10
|343 U.S. 498
40 CFR 280.10
Do not search for subsections!
|a case name||Roe w/2 Wade
On the Search Form for Case Law, just fill in the blanks for plaintiff and defendant
|words in full text||breast implant* w/25 class action|
Results are sorted in reverse chronological order, with the most recent articles first. To sort by frequency of terms and "relevance" as defined by a computer algorithm, click the Sort by Relevance button:
If you want to print a list of article citations, click the checkbox next to each one you want to mark for printing, saving, or e-mailing:
To print your marked list, click the Print/Save Options button on the header at the top of the screen:
On the next screen, choose your options, then click the Display Citations button to reformat your list for printing. Cick your browser's print icon or choose Print from the browser File menu.
To print a FULL-TEXT document, click the underlined source to display it. Then click Print/Save Options. On the next screen, click the Display Document button to reformat your article for printing. Click your browser's print icon or choose Print from the browser File menu.
Company financial data may contains tables that will
display best on the Web in a monospaced font. Change your browser Proportional Font option
to Courier New 10 pt. so that the information will line up properly in columns. Internet
Explorer will let you choose Courier New as a Proportional Font. If you are using
Netscape, you can save your results to a floppy disk and change the font to Courier New 10
pt. in your word processor.
If you need more help, please ask a reference librarian!
Last updated 7 August 2003.