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LexisNexis Academic provides access to full-text news, business, and legal publications, using a variety of flexible search options.  Access includes over 10,000 news, business, and legal sources. The outstanding news coverage includes deep backfiles and up-to-the-minute stories in national and regional newspapers, wire services, broadcast transcripts, international news, and non-English language sources. Use the included Company Dossier module to retrieve detailed company information and financial performance measures or identify and compare companies matching specific criteria. This product also provides access to the renowned Shepard's Citations® service for all federal and states court cases back to 1789.


How to Access: 

From the Alliant Library home page, click on Databases then LexisNexis Academic. For remote users, you will be prompted for your user name (last name) and 14-digit library barcode or ID number. If you have not activated your library account, please fill out the form located on the library web page or contact your campus library so you can be added to the system.

Basic Search: If you want to conduct a basic keyword search, enter your search term(s) in the red box and click Search.

Advanced Search: Click on Advanced Options just below the search box to view a multitude of options for limiting your search. You can specify date ranges, source type or name, content type, and more!

Build Your Own Segment Search: This box lets you refine your search even more with Boolean operators. The following operators are available:

AND—Requires both terms in each item returned. If one of the terms is present and the other is not, the item is not included in the resulting list. (Narrows the search)

Example: "stock market AND trading" finds stock market trading, trading on the stock market, and trading on the late afternoon stock market.

OR—Either term (or both) will be in the returned item. (Broadens the search)

Example: "ecology OR pollution" returns documents on solely ecology, solely pollution, and both ecology and pollution.

AND NOT—The term following this will not be present in any of the results. (Narrows the search)

Example: Mexico AND NOT city returns New Mexico, the nation of Mexico, and US-Mexico trade.

w/5---The terms before and after this operator must be within five words of each other. This can be useful if you want to research two related terms.

Example: "Congress w/5 budget" returns items with phrases such as "Congress debated the budget..." and "The budget was passed by Congress..." However, it would not return "Several members of Congress on the campaign trail yesterday were asked about their stance on the proposed budget."

w/p---The terms before and after this operator must be in the same paragraph. So if this operator were used, the example for w/5, "Several members of Congress on the campaign trail yesterday were asked about their stance on the proposed budget" would be returned.

Furthermore, you can click on Select a Segment to add a few other operators to your search:

DATE AFT will return material published after the specified date

DATE BEF will return material published before the specified date

DATE IS will return material published on the specified date

NAME will return material with the specified source name

View Results:

Results are presented in List format (title and publication information only) but may be viewed as an Expanded List, Full Document, Full with Indexing, or KWIC (a small portion of each document with all occurrences of the search terms highlighted) as well. By default, results are sorted by Relevance but this can be changed to Newest to Oldest, Source Order, or Oldest to Newest.

All Results Column – To the left of the search results there is a list of “sources by category.” You can click on a category to further limit a search to a particular type of publication. You can also expand other areas such as Publication Name and Subject to refine your search with these criteria.

To save the selected results:

  • Marking items – From the title list, click in the box next to the number to “tag.” 
  • Click on “View Tagged” button to view items selected.

Now, choose your preferred method to export your results. While viewing your tagged items, these buttons will appear on the top right:

  • Print—Select printer icon and specify a few options such as bolding or underlining search terms.
  • Email–Select email icon.  Same defaults and choices as the print options except you can select your email format option (Word, HTML, PDF, text).
  • Download–Select download icon and follow the instructions to download to your hard drive or memory device.
  • Export Bibliographic References–Can be exported directly to RefWorks or downloaded for importation into other citation managers.
  • Send to Cloud--Use this to send your results to Dropbox or Google Drive.


This guide is to help you start your research.  For further research assistance, please contact your campus library or email the help desk at


Rev. 7/15/15 sjs



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