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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 Off-campus access is available at or the Libraries' Gateway to Online Resources

"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