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The Nature of Data: Introduction to Environmental Analysis, ENVS 2331/DCS 2331: Nexis Uni

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Nexis Uni (formerly LexisNexis Academic)

  • News You can then narrow by: timeline (dates), location (place of publication), publication type (newspapers), geography mentioned in the article, etc.
    • Choose: "Or let us help you find it..." > News; or,
    • Choose: On the right under the drop-down menu next to "All Nexis Uni" > News; or,
    • Choose: "Advanced Search" > "Select a specific content type" > "News".*
  • Federal Register (1936-present)
    • Choose: Menu > "All Sources" > "Search Within Sources" > Federal Register > Drop down menu next to "Federal Register": "Add source as a search filter"; or,
    • Choose: "Advanced Search" > "Select a specific content type" > "Registers" > search, then limit to "Sources": Federal Register.*
  • Code of Federal Regulations
    • Choose: Menu > "All Sources" > "Search Within Sources" > CFR - Code of Federal Regulations > Drop down menu next to "CFR - Code of Federal Regulations": "Add source as a search filter"; or,
    • Choose: "Advanced Search" > "Select a specific content type" > "Administrative Codes" > search, then limit to "Sources": CFR - Code of Federal Regulations.*
  • United States Statutes at Large (1776-present)
    • Choose: Menu > "All Sources" > "Search Within Sources" > United States Statutes at Large > Drop down menu next to "United States Statutes at Large": "Add source as a search filter".
  • United States Code
    • Choose: Menu > "All Sources" > "Search Within Sources" > USCS - United States Code Service - Titles 1 through 54 > Drop down menu next to "USCS - United States Code Service - Titles 1 through 54": "Add source as a search filter"; or,
    • Choose: "Advanced Search" > "Select a specific content type" > "Codes" > search, then limit to "Sources": USCS - United States Code Service - Titles 1 through 54.*
  • State Laws
    • Choose: Menu > "All Sources" > "Search Within Sources" > Advance Legislative Service; or,
    • Choose: "Advanced Search" > "Select a specific content type" > Public Laws/ALS > search, then limit to "Jurisdiction" of choice.*

Nexis Uni Tips

  1. * In Advanced Search, you can search within specific areas of a particular document type. (This is called a "segment search" in Nexis Uni.) For instance, in News, you can search just within the "Headline and Lead Sections", taking advantage of the fact that news articles about XYZ are likely to mention XYZ in the headline or lead sections. You will not retrieve articles in which XYZ only appears as a casual mention elsewhere in the article.
  2. After selecting up to 100 items to download, click the settings button (gear icon) next to the download button to select the desired settings for the downloaded file(s).
  3. To change the number of results displayed per page (up to 50):
    1. Register and sign in via "Sign In|Register".
    2. Restart your browser.
    3. Then choose: Drop-down menu under "Hi [XYZ]" > Settings > Starting Product, Results Display Settings, Number of results to display per page.
  4. If you sign in, you may be asked the first in a series of questions, which you can ignore. Instead, re-enter Nexis Uni by clicking here or using our list of databases. If you get an error message, "Unexpected Error", click on "Go to my start page". Then re-enter Nexis Uni as just described.
  5. Help (at the top right); Top 10 Nexis Uni™ Features to Explore.

Nexis Uni Operators and Connectors

Type Example
Truncation (multiple characters) immigra*
Internal truncation (1 character) wom?n
int??net
Phrase "right whale"
Boolean "and" lobster and maine
Boolean "or" race or ethnicity
race ethnicity
Boolean "not" maine and not lobster
Proximity: words must be within # terms of each other, in either order aquaculture w/3 maine
Proximity: lobster must precede and be within # terms of maine aquaculture pre/4 maine
Proximity: words must be within # terms of each other, in either order, within the same section of the document aquaculture near/2 maine
word must appear at least # times atleast7(aquaculture)

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