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Reference Spotlight: LexisNexis Academic

December 24th, 2007 by Ashley Shealy in Databases

Database: LexisNexis Academic
Vendor: LexisNexis
Disciple/Subject: Legal, News, Business, People

Contains: Full-text holdings from over 350 newspapers with archives dating back 25 years or more, 300 magazines and journals, over 600 newsletters, transcripts of television and radio broadcasts, polls and surveys, non-English news sources, blogs, and online publications (http://www.lexisnexis. com/documents/academic/academic_migrationAcadUserGuideGettingStarted.pdf.

Features: In addition to the General topic tab that provides multi-subject searching, LexisNexis Academic features four additional topic tabs that provide subject-specific search forms for News, Legal, Business and People. Here is just a sampling of the powerful results this database can provide.

News: search choices from the red and blue links on the right-hand side of the screen are either News or Roper Center for Public Opinion Research. Customize your News search with multiple index terms from the provided lists by selecting one or more industries such as Health Care or Music, one or more subjects such as Best Practices or Deaths & Obituaries and/or one or more regions such as All Countries or United States.

Legal: search choices from the red and blue links on the right-hand side of the screen include Law Reviews, Federal & State Cases, Shepard’s Citations® service for all federal and states court cases back to 1789, Federal & State Codes, Foreign Nations and more.

Business: search choices from the red and blue links on the right-hand side of the screen include Company Dossier, Company Profiles, SEC Filings, Country Profiles and more. Use the Business tab to find a company’s ticker symbol, D-U-N-S number, corporate headquarters, subsidiaries, etc.

People: search by name or subject terms and customize results by selecting specific sources such as Biographical References and Directories, Entertainment News Biographies, Obituary Information and more.

Help is never far away in LexisNexis Academic – the Related Links box at the bottom right of each screen offers solutions to “How do I …?” questions, and help topics are customized for each search type in the different topic tabs.

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