Discover Lexis/Nexis all over again
As is usual this time of year, we take a look at our current holdings and try to evaluate whether we are getting the most value for our expenditures. Among some of the statistics that cross our desks are the numbers of searches performed in each of our databases. Some databases are super stars, returning thousands and thousands of searches over the year. Others are less productive, either because of their limited subject coverage, or perhaps because folks just don’t remember they’re there. In that context, I’d like to remind you of a super database that could be a work horse, but isn’t getting its tires kicked as often as it should. Let me call your attention to Lexis/Nexis. (http://www.lexisnexis.com/hottopics/lnacademic/)
For those of you that have never used it, or don’t know what it does…….Lexis/Nexis is a multifunctional database. In the area of news, it provides the full text of more than 350 newspapers from the U.S. and around the world, along with the full text of thousands of periodicals. Also included are transcripts from radio and t.v. news programs, blogs, and wikis. Heard a story on NPR and want to discuss it? Get the transcript from Lexis/Nexis. Taking a French class and want to put your knowledge to the test? Try reading a newspaper written in French.
In the area of law, it contains both federal and state statutes, codes, and regulations. On top of that, it covers federal and state cases, including landmark cases from the Supreme Court. Next time you’re writing a report about Brown vs. the Board of Education or Roe v. Wade, don’t forget the full cases are in Lexis/Nexis.
Finally, Lexis/Nexis covers a full range of company information, both national and international. Company Dossier is a tool that collects information from multiple sources and compiles it into a comprehensive report on a targeted company. Want to know if your company is involved in any patent infringement cases? Lexis/Nexis is your place.
One of the newer enhancements is featured on the Lexis/Nexis landing page. On the bottom left of the screen, you’ll find a list of Hot Topics links. These are timely topics covering general categories of news. Want to follow what’s happening with the new Gun Control measures? Here is an easy way to see lots of articles in one place. There is even a link for Today’s front page news gathered from hundreds of newspapers. Don’t walk around uninformed. Become a walking newsflash!
Another new enhancement is the addition of Web news to the Results Screen. When you do a search on a topic, the Results page will feature two tabs. One features links to regular sources, and the other tab returns links to websites. Lexis/Nexis has vetted 300-350 websites that you can trust to give you accurate information. Some of the news sources include videos, as well.
Take a few minutes to familiarize yourself with the abundant resources gathered together in one place. Need more help? Contact us and let us help you expand your stores of knowledge