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Academic Universe Offers New Web Interface [Linda Kennedy, UCD]

Lexis-Nexis Academic Universe Changes: August 20 Implementation of New Web Interface

Six UC campuses (Berkeley, Davis, Irvine, Los Angeles, Santa Barbara and San Diego) subscribe to Lexis-Nexis Academic Universe through Solinet, a library consortium.  On Friday, August 20, 1999, CIS will unveil a new user interface for Academic Universe based on the feedback from students, faculty and library staff participating in the 1999 Design Partner Program (UC Berkeley was a participating library).

The home address for Lexis-Nexis Academic Universe will remain the same [].

As announced in the July 1999 Academic Universe newsletter, changes include:

  • A newly designed interface.  A key change is that Academic Universe is incorporated into a suite of Web services.  For those who subscribe to other CIS web products you will now be able to link back and forth between those products seamlessly, as well as conduct suggested searches within the suite.
  • Research categories collapsed into five main areas: News, Business, Legal Research, Medical and Reference with smaller research categories behind each of these.
  • Enhanced legal materials including U.S. patents, European Union legal information, state attorneys general opinions, and assorted Martindale-Hubbell publications.
  • Enhanced search options for most search forms including both a Basic and More Options choice, the ability to sort documents by relevancy, the ability to conduct full text searches and the addition of “More Like This” links (which automatically retrieve similar documents to one found in your earlier search).
  • Searchable source lists at both the full database level as well as specific to the context of each search form.
  • Ability to E-mail search result citations to yourself or to print, download or to e-mail single documents in FULL or KWIC version.

Additional news and screen shots of the new interface are viewable at: [].  Limited access to the test database is available for preparation of BI materials; see the July 1999 Academic Universe newsletter for details.

Academic Universe newsletters are archived at:
[].  Subscription information is provided in each issue.