Thursday, September 9, 2010

Fun with Lexis Nexis

If you've ever used Lexis Nexis, the last way you would ever describe the experience would be "fun." Don't get me wrong: Lexis Nexis is an exceptional, powerful resource. It can be a bit daunting, even for a librarian.

What is Lexis Nexis? It is a full-text database with over 16,000 published sources, blogs, press releases, pamphlets, brochures, magazines, TV and radio broadcast transcripts, and many other sources in a variety of languages.

Lexis Nexis is a no-frills database, meaning you won't get images and PDF versions of articles -- but you will get an enormous range of content, with one legal journal beginning in 1831 (most coverage begins in the 1980s however).

The good folks at Lexis Nexis recently created a Youtube channel with very helpful video tutorials. Check this one about how to find a story from National Public Radio in 60 seconds:

Here is an introduction to entire database, definitely worth seven minutes of your time:

The entire video collection can be found here:

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