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Release: Sept. 17, 2001
UI Libraries offers online access to 5,600 publications on 'Lexis-Nexis'
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Through a license acquired by the University of Iowa
Libraries, UI faculty, students and staff now have on- and off-campus access
to Lexis-Nexis Academic Universe, an online, full-text database that contains
articles from 5,600 publications. Included among the searchable publications
are newspapers, magazines, television and radio transcripts, basic medical
and legal sources and others.
The newly available Web resource will enhance users' ability to locate information
on a variety of topics. On-campus access is available at http://www.lexis-nexis.com/universe.
Off-campus access is available at http://purl.lib.uiowa.edu/lexis/universe
or the Libraries' Gateway to Online Resources http://gateway.lib.uiowa.edu/index.htm.
"This data represents a major addition to the electronic resources
available on campus, expanding the number of publications available and making
others available in a much more accessible format," says Ellen Hammond,
a bibliographer who was involved in bringing Academic Universe to the UI campus.
"The news files for Academic Universe cover major English language
newspapers from the U.S. and around the world, as well as many foreign language
newspapers," Hammond says.
For example, the database includes The New York Times abstracts from 1969-1980
and the full-text of articles from 1980 to the present. Articles from The
Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, the Financial Times, The Times of
London, El Pais, Le Monde, and the Daily Yomiuri are some of the other full-text
sources. Over 400 magazines, 600 newsletters, campus news sources including
the Daily Iowan, news transcripts from the major television networks and National
Public Radio, and wire services are included in the searchable database.
"The database is user-intuitive and provides improved access to a number
of full-text articles, says Rebecca Johnson, head of Reference," UI Libraries.
Faculty and students in the areas of business, law, and medicine should
be aided in their research by having access to company, industry and Securities
and Exchange Commission filings, case law from appellate, federal and state
courts, and Medline citations