Welcome to the LexisNexis Academic Tutorial. 

LexisNexis Academic is a robust database that provides access to full-text news, business and legal publications, including most major U.S. newspapers as well as international newspapers, magazines and trade publications.  There are also quick links to articles on current news topics.

Take a moment to look over the LexisNexis Academic Search screen to the right.

**This is an interactive tutorial, follow the instructions indicated by an arrow (>) to complete the tutorial.

General Search

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If you are not particularly sure what type of information you are looking for, you may want to begin with a general broad search.  To do this, simply enter your search terms in the red box. 

For the purposes of this tutorial, let's search for information on the topic of immigration.

>Type the term immigration into the search box


You will see a large number of results. They are listed in order of relevance but you can change that using the Sort drop-down box.

You can also look at articles from a particular type of source by clicking on one of the links in the left column.  The number to the right of the link indicates the number of results for each type of source.

>Click on the link for newspapers

>Then click on the link for the New York Times.

You should now be displaying articles from the New York Times that mention immigration.

General Search

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Narrowing down a search....

>Click on a title link to see the full text

>Scroll down to the bottom of the article

You will see a list of index terms or associated concepts.  (Most articles will include index terms but some may not; if you do not see any, try a different article).

You may be able to narrow down your results list by selecting terms that are most relevant to your research.

>Click on one or two related index terms

> Click narrow search

Did you get a smaller number of results?

>Click on back to original resultslocated toward the upper right of the screen

General Search

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Adding more terms.....

In addition to narrowing down your set of results by category, you can also search within your result set by adding relevant term(s) in the box on the top right of the screen:

search within results

>Type in the term Arizona

>Click GO

You should see a smaller result set.  You can keep adding additional terms relevant to your research to further focus your result set.  You can always click on back to original results  to get back.

LexisNexis can display up to 3000 results! If your search retrieves more than 3000 you will be prompted to edit the search or do a new search.

>Click on New Search or Home at the top of the page to get back to the homepage. (you can also just click on the logo)

The next chapter of this tutorial will show you how to use the Hot Topics Links. However, you may want to use the Contents link above to jump ahead to other sections. (For example, if you are ready to retrieve some articles, you can jump ahead to the chapter on Printing and Emailing results).

Hot Topics Links

You may be interested in finding articles on current topics in the news.  The Hot Topics Links are a quick, easy way to do that!

> Click on any one of the Hot Topics Links

You will see a number of links to articles.  You can work with your results by limiting by source, index terms or searching within the result set--just as you did with the general search on immigration.

The next section will show you how to use the Search the News box or you can use the Contents link to jump ahead.


Search the News

>Click on the logo to return to the homepage

You may want to search only for news articles on a particular topic.  The best way to do that is to 

>Click on the drop down arrow in the Search the News box.

The search box will appear:

>Type the search term  immigration into the first search box

You can then choose to search a particular type of source or an individual source.

>Type in New York Times into the Source Title box to search only that publication

>Click GO

Your list of results will be returned for you to work with.  When you are ready to retrieve some articles, you can jump ahead to the "Working with Results" chapter.

Get Company Information

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>Click on the logo to return to the homepage

>Click on the drop down arrow on the "Get Company Info" bar to open the company search box

You can search for companies by name or ticker symbol

>Type in Fujifilm in the by name search box

>Click GO

You should see three listings. 

>Click on the listing for the parent company of Fujifilm (indicated under the "company type" heading)

Take a look at your results.  You should see a snapshot of the company.

>Scroll down to see what type of information is included

More detailed information is available via the links on the left of the screen. 

>Open up a category you are interested in to see what documents are available

Get Company Information

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Notice the navigation bar at the top of your screen.

company navigation

>Click on the Company tab

You can search for a company, create a company list or compare companies.  Take a few moments to explore these features.

You can also get information on a particular industry.

>Click on the Industry tab 

>Type in the word film in the terms box and click on Find button

You will see a list of industries by SIC code (a code used to classify industries; another is NAICS)

>Click on the link for Photographic Equipment and Supplies

You will see an overview of the industry, top companies by sales, and other financial information.

>Go back to the home page

Look up a Legal Case

>Return to the homepage

>Click on the drop down arrow to open up the "Look up a legal case" search box

You can search by citation, parties or topic.  Let's use discrimination in schools as our sample topic.

>Type discrimination and schools into the topic search box. 

>Click GO

You will see a large number of results.  You can add terms to narrow down the search using the Search within results box.

The results displayed are legal cases on the topic you searched.  You may, however, want to locate information other than cases.

> Go back to the homepage and  click on located on the right side of the screen.

You will see links to a variety of legal information including cases, statutes, law reviews and legal reference.  Take some time to explore the various options.

>Click on the Federal and State Cases link.

You can search for a particular case but you can also see the full text of landmark cases (important cases that establish new laws or set new precedents) organized by topic.

Lexis Nexis also provides access to legal information from other countries.

>Click on  to explore options listed under "International Legal"

Working with Results (printing, emailing, saving)

Print, email or save one article 

>Go back to the homepage

>Type immigration and Arizona in the red search box


A very large set of results is returned.  For the purpose of this tutorial, choose any one article by clicking on the link.  On the upper right side of the screen, notice these icons:

   to print your article

   to email your article

    to save your article to your computer

Print, email or save multiple articles at one time

>Go back to the results list

>Select five articles by clicking in the check boxes next to them

>Click on the appropriate icon to print, email or save all five articles


There is always Help embedded within the LexisNexis Academic database.  Whenever you see the helpyou can click on it for context sensitive help.  And there is a HELP link at the top of the page on the right.

You can also check out the TOOLS  on the left of the homepage for research guides, video tutorials and more.

If you would like to explore LexisNexis even further, take a look at the LexisNexis Academic --Advanced Search tutorial.  It will help you further refine your searching and also show you how to create a custom library of resources to search.



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