LexisNexis Academic is a database that provides
full-text documents from over 6,000 news, business, legal, medical, and
reference publications with a variety of flexible search options.
LexisNexis Academic's sources have been selected to
meet academic research needs and include:
- National and regional newspapers, wire services,
broadcast transcripts, international news, and non-English language
- U.S. Federal and state case law, codes,
regulations, legal news, law reviews, and international legal
Citations for all U.S. Supreme Court cases back to 1789
- Business news journals, company financial
information, SEC filings and reports, and industry and market news
Use the help system within
Academic to assist you with learning
about advanced search features. It can be accessed
by clicking the Help link in the
upper-right portion of the search page. Video tutorials can be accessed
on YouTube at
In addition, a
Knowledge Base is available to help you with specific features
within LexisNexis and answers to some frequently asked
questions have been provided below.
LexisNexis Academic is available from on campus, or off-campus with
an APSU ID.
How do I
know when to use LexisNexis Academic?
Academic is an outstanding service for
researching news, business, and legal topics. It
contains more than 6,000 sources from all over the
world, drawn from print, broadcast, and online media.
The deep backfile lets you find contemporary accounts of
events that took place decades ago. LexisNexis
legal materials and Shepard'sCitations are
recognized as the standard for legal research and are
required topics in law schools throughout the U.S.
types of materials in LexisNexis Academic include:
current events, and commentary
Newspapers and new magazines, including major
publications from the U.S. and around the world and
local publications from all 50 states
radio broadcast transcripts
and web-based publications
Subject indexing to take you right to editorials,
critical reviews, science, business, sports and
other news categories
Business news and analysis publications
Industry and market news for sectors ranging from
petroleum extraction to education
Company information, including SEC filings and
Country profiles and business conditions
reviews and journals
case law, including case summaries, headnotes, and
Shepard's Citations for all federal and state
Canadian and European case law and legal materials
How do I
choose between Easy Search and Power Search?
Easy Search™ form if you just need a quick answer
to a simple query or you're not familiar with advanced
searching methods or you're not sure which sources to
use. Enter any terms or phrases, with or without
connectors, and Easy Search will determine the best
searching method (terms and connectors or natural
language) based on what you entered.
Power Search form when you need broad flexibility
not available on other search forms. You may browse and
select specific sources which might not be available on
other forms, search sections within a document, find
terms and companies within the LexisNexis SmartIndexing
Technology feature (Index Terms), choose between natural
language and terms and connectors searching, etc. It is
also helpful when you have a general query, are
searching in an unfamiliar area, or are searching across
multiple content types.
do I choose between Terms and Connectors vs. Natural
terms and connectors (or Boolean) searching?
LexisNexis research services use Boolean search logic to
develop queries that include the terms and phrases that
reflect ideas essential to your research, and the
optional terms and connectors that let you search for
term variations and link your search terms and phrases.
Using other options, such as date limitations, wildcard
characters, and document section searching, can help
shape your search results. The LexisNexis service
searches for documents containing the specific terms and
combinations of terms in your search request. Every term
(or form of the term) in your search request must appear
in the document for that document to be included in your
and Connectors searching is not available on every
search form. It is available on the Power Search form,
and on other forms where the Additional Terms field
appears. A typical search with terms and connectors
might look like this:
bankrupt! W/25 discharg! AND (student OR college OR
education W/5 loan)
Natural Language searching?
Natural language searches let you enter a search in
plain English, without having to use any special terms
or connectors. The natural language feature's document
relevance ranking gives you quick access to the most
pertinent documents in your search results. A typical
search with natural language might look like this:
what circumstances can biological parents regain custody
of adopted children after an adoption?
should I use these different types of searching?
· Comprehensive information about an issue or topic, or
a person or company
word or its alternative that appears in each document
· Specific relationships between your search words
· Document section-specific searches
· Researching conceptual issues rather than highly
· Researching complex issues when you don't know what
words to use
· Obtaining help in writing a search description,
including phrase identification and access to an online
· Supplementing a Terms and Connectors search to ensure
do I know what content I'm searching?
Use the Source Information icon ()
next to the Source name to view the list of document
sections for this source. The source information page
for group sources does not contain a list of document