Tuesday, February 4, 2014

LexisNexis Academic

Did you know that with your Samford user ID and password, you have access to thousands of case files, news and television broadcast transcripts, company profiles, and law reviews, some dating back to the 1700's?

You may have heard of LexisNexis and just assumed that it was a tool for law professionals with little outside research value.  Not so!

If you're looking for updated, real-time information on items in the news or coverage of current events, LexisNexis is the best database for that purpose.  For instance, you can search "Broadcast Transcripts" for popular terms and find transcripts of news reports about that subject from as recently as this week.

Here, I searched Birmingham Snow:

And found over 900 news items from around the world:

Like this one from NPR:

This would be great for comparing the evolution of coverage of a particular topic, especially since the LexisNexis database is so extensive, containing news items going back decades.

You can also use it to look up company information for business projects, including profiles and SWOT reports from various reputable sources.

Still not sure about how to incorporate LexisNexis into your research strategy?  Don't hesitate to Ask Us!-- http://samford.libanswers.com/

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