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LexisNexis is being replaced by a newer version called Nexis Uni. While both are still available, this will not be the case much longer.  See Nexis Uni tab in this LibGuide for instructions for use.

LexisNexis Academic Universe

A Bellevue University Library Guide


What is LexisNexis Academic Universe?

LexisNexis Academic Universe is a full-text database providing access to nearly 5,000 full text publications including newspapers, magazines, journals, wire services, federal and state cases, statutes, and regulations, as well as company information, including profiles, financials, SEC filings, and so on. 

How to access LexisNexis Academic:

Mouse over Find on the library homepage then click on A-Z Database List. Now click on LexisNexis Academic UniverseIf off campus, you will be prompted for your BU login. Once you are logged into one database, you are logged into all of them until you close your browser.

Academic Search

This red search box is the first thing you will see on the LexisNexis homepage. It will search these four content sets simultaneusly:  Newspapers, Law Reviews, Company Profiles, and Federal and State cases.

  • Search all areas. Type in a search term or terms. Your results list may contain a mixture of items from all four groups. 
  • Search by Content type. If you prefer to limit your search to one type of resource, you may use the "Search by Content Type" menu just above the search box.Some of the categories will expand further to more spedcific choices.
  • Advance options. You can access these just below the search box.  Options include specifying a date range, a content type, or even a specific publication, 
  • Segment Search. This option is located witin the Advanced Search and helps you build a more focused search.
    • It is important to select a "Content Type" first, as the choices in the segment menu will be based on the content type you select. 
    • Choose an item from the segment menu. Segments refer to certain sections or parts of the document.
    • Now start building your search in the box provided. You can combine your search terms with the Boolean connectors, AND, OR, NOT. You can also specify that your search term is within 5 words (w/5) of another search term or within the same paragraph (w/p).

Easy Search Boxes

If you prefer, you may use one of the search boxes located under the Hot Topics box.

  • Search the News.Find news stories dating back to 1980 by typing a keyword or phrase into the search box.  Use the drop down menu to select the source  type you prefer:  major world publication, newspapers, magazines, wire services, broadcast transcripts, or blogs.  Other options are searching all news sources at once, or typing in a specific source, such as New York Times
    • Results Groups.  When your results come up, you will see them grouped in various ways in the left column, with the number of results from each area indicated in parentheses.   For example, if you choses to search "All News," results will be grouped by type of source, so that you may quickly view the results from just one of these types of sources.  Clicking on a source type will further sort your results by the title of source, such as New York Times, Global  Newswire, etc.
    • Search within Results.  You may focus your results by typing a search term in this box, which is above and to the right of your results list 
  • Look up a Legal Case.  This box allows you to search by citation, if you know the correct format; by party names, if you know at least one party; or by topic, if you are not looking for a specific case. 
    • Results Groups. Results are grouped in the left column  in various ways, such as by jurisdiction or publication name.
    • Cases.  Click on this link for an advanced search screen giving you more options for locating federal and state cases, including choosing a date or date range, and a jurisdiction. There are other choices in the left column, including: "Shephard's Citations," "Federal or State Statutes, Codes, & Regulations," and "Law Reviews."
    • Landmark Cases.  This is a handy list, grouped by topic, that allows you to quickly find important cases assocoiated with each topic. 
  • Get Company Information.  You can find information on over 80 million companies by typing in either the company name or ticker. 
    • The company information page will open to a "Snapshot" of the company, with a menu in the left column to locate specific information,  Menu choices include recent news items, parent and subsidiary information, detailed financial information, legal information about recent cases,  and intellectual property information (patents, trademarks, and copyright),  You may also combine information from various areas into a Custom Report.
    • Company Dossier.  This search screen gives you other ways to search for company information, including subsidiaries, parent companies, and headquarters.  Searches may also be limited to specific states or countries.
    • Company Profiles.  Use this link to do a more advanced search for company information.  You may choose a specific source or multiple sources. The menu to the left of this screen has links to the "Company Dossier," a "Compare Companies" screen, "Create a Company List" screen and "SEC Filings."

Hot Topics Links.

This box in the middle of the homepage, gives you easy access to the top stories of the day. Click on a topic to see a list of news articles related to it. 

Search Results

  • Your search results will be sorted from newest to oldest, but you may resort them by relevance or by oldest to newest.
  • You may focus your search by using the "Search within results" box at the top right area of the page.
  • Your results are sorted on the side by category.  Click on one of the categories to see just those sources.
  • Click on a document title to display the full text.
  • Some Results screens have a "Web News." Click on this to access internet news sources on the topic.

Other features and tips

  • You may return to your results list from the document view by clicking on "Results List" at the top of the page.
  • You may also easily return to your search screen from the results list by clicking on "Edit Search." You will not have to reenter your current search terms, but may make any changes to your search that you wish...
  • You may tag items of interest by marking the box next to it in the results list.  When you want to view this list, click on "View Tagged" above the list to the left.
  • Click on "New Search" or "Home" at the top fo the page, to start a new search..
  • Users guides and tutorials can be found by clicking on "Guides and Resources" in the left column of the homepage..

 Viewing, printing, saving, and emailing a document

  • To view a document from your results list, click on the title of the document. The search terms you used will be highlighted in red.
  • To save a document, click on the "Save" icon.  The documenet will be downloaded in the format you choose, such as Word, html,  or  PDF.  You may then open the document and save as usual.
  • To print or email, look for the icon in the right hand area above the document.You can also print or download directly from the Results List. Just select the document or documents, then click on the icon at the top right side of the list.

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