LexisNexis Academic: A Guide to the Basics

What is LexisNexis Academic?

LexisNexis Academic is a database that provides access to the full text of over 6,000 news, business, biographical, and legal sources.

Access: Connect to LexisNexis

Basic Searching on the General Search Screen

LexisNexis provides various ways to search. The Easy Search® is the default search screen. [Figure 1]. The Easy Search® screen includes options for news, business, legal, and biographical searches. To use the news search, type terms in the box, using quotation marks around phrases. You can use AND, OR, and AND NOT to combine terms. (For an explanation of combining search terms, see Boolean Searching).

Figure 1 - Easy Search® Screen picture of Basic Search Screen search space

By pulling down the date menu you can choose a different period to search. If you are looking for an event that happened more than two years ago, for example, you can adjust the dates searched.

Search Results

Results may be listed in relevance or in date order. In relevance order, the items that best match your search at the top of the list in the Results screen [Figure 2].If you want to see the newest articles, you can click on the Sort menu at the top of the list to choose "publication date." Click on an article title to read the full text. LexisNexis does not include pictures.

Figure 2 - Results Screen picture of Result List screen

The results screen includes options at left to narrow results by the type of publication or by other categories. Clicking on one of the terms listed there causes LexisNexis to show only that category of article.

An option to check off articles for batch e-mailing, printing a list, etc., is available. Click the View Tagged button to look at the articles you've checked.


To print, e-mail, or save, full text of a single article to a disk, first click on the title of the article to display it. Next, click once on the appropriate control located towards the top of the screen [Figure 3]. (If you don't see the Print, Save, and E-mail controls, scroll up.)

Figure 3 - Text Delivery Options
picture of Text delivery options, including Print, E-mail, Save


Click the Print link (printer icon shown in Fig. 3, above). Select desired options on the print manager screen.


Click the E-mail link (envelope icon in Figure 3). Type your full e-mail address in the space provided. Optional: You may add comments, if desired. Important: The default choice is to send the e-mail as an attachment in Word. If you wish for the text to be in a different format, or to be in the body of the e-mail, make sure to pick the desired choices from the Send As and Email format pulldown menus.

Saving to a disk

Put a flash drive in the USB port of the computer. Click the Save link (Floppy disk icon in Figure 3). Select the desired format from the pulldown menu on the save manager screen. The default format is Word, but you can choose PDF, text, or HTML formats. Click the Download button, and follow the instructions on the resulting screen.

News Searching

The default search above brings up many news articles. For a few more options, click the News button at the upper left of the LexisNexis start screen (Figure 1) before starting a search. The searching is the same as the general search, except that there are some additional options

The news screen has multiple spaces to let you combine terms more easily using pulldown menus of search operators (Boolean commands such as AND and OR). It is usually helpful to change the pulldown menu that says "Anywhere in the document" to "In Headlines and Lead Paragraphs." This puts your search term in the part of the article most likely to talk about the main subject.

You can search the default "U.S. Newsapers and Wires" or you can select from other popular sources in the pulldown menus. The default dates on the News search screen are for the latest 3 months, but you can pull down the menu to change the date options.

Searching for Biographical Information

To search for information about a person, click the People button at upper left of the start screen (Figure 1) before starting your search. Put the last name and first name in the spaces provided. If you desire to focus the search to a particular aspect of a person, you can add search words in the Additional Terms space.

On the results screen, click on a publication type or on other categories, such as Geography, to narrow your results.

Basic Business Searches

Searching for information about a company

Type the company name into the space provided. Use quotation marks if the company name has more than one word. Click search.

From the categories to the left of the search results, click on the desired type of result (directories, financials, etc.).

Searching for companies by type of business

To look up a particular type of business you will have to use SIC codes. (For an explanation of SIC codes and where to find them, see SIC and NAICS Codes.)

In the space marked Search terms, in middle of the page, type "SIC" followed by a four-digit SIC number in parentheses, such as:

SIC (3677)

To specify companies in a particular geographic location, type "AND address" followed by the name of a state or country in parentheses:

SIC (3677) AND address (Oregon)

For the state of Washington, type "AND address WA" to distinguish it from Washington, DC.

Other Search Options

Wildcard symbol: ?

Replaces one character. For example, the search for "wom?n" will find both "woman" and "women."

Truncation symbol: *

Allows the user to search for alternate word endings. For example, the search for "comput*" will find "computer," "computers," "computing," "computation," and "computerized."

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Updated: 5 November 2013