September 10, 1999. The electronic newsletter of the University Library, University of South Alabama, published irregularly as a service to the University Community.
If you've tried Lexis recently, you've noticed a dramatic change in the way this database looks and functions. Citations can now be marked, saved, displayed for print or e-mailed. To e-mail the full-text of an article, you need to be in the full-text of that item; complete articles can only be e-mailed one at a time.
Lexis has also narrowed the number of topics from which to choose; in the new Academic Universe there are five basic areas: News, Business, Legal Research, Medical and Reference. In some areas, an advanced search mode is now a choice--look under Other Options. This function allows you to make your search more precise by adding terms and specifying fields to search.
Lexis-Nexis has also added useful Help screens to the new interface, so if you have a question -- you aren't sure how to use Boolean operators, for example, go to the area under the Academic Universe logo and click on Help. Near Help is a How Do I? button. Where Help gives general information about search strategies and database use, the How Do I? feature supplies you with information on exactly where to go in Academic Universe to find the answer to some frequently asked questions.
To try the new Lexis, go to http://www.southalabama.edu/univlib/lexis.html and choose the Lexis-Nexis button.
To make comments or suggestions, or to get more information, call (334) 460-6045 or e-mail Jan Sauer.
Last updated:09/10/99. js
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