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LexisNexis Academic Becomes Nexis Uni

The national transition from legacy LexisNexis Academic to its completely reengineered successor Nexis Uni™ is now under way, and all UC campuses are among the first wave of migrating subscribers with IP-based access to Uni already activated.  UC retains dual access to Academic and Uni through December 17, 2017 after which the former will be deactivated across the system.

The Nexis Uni experience begins with a greatly enhanced interface. According to the Nexis Uni Overview [PDF] & FAQ [PDF], the new product incorporates a big search box that handles either natural language or complex Boolean searches across the entire content collection, making it an ideal tool for novice and advanced researchers alike.


Nexis Uni features more than 15,000 news, legal and business sources, including:

  • Print and online journals, television and radio broadcasts, newswires and blogs
  • Local, regional, national and international newspapers with deep archives
  • Extensive legal sources for federal and state cases and statutes, including U.S. Supreme Court decisions since 1790
  • Unparalleled business information on more than 80 million U.S. and international companies and more than 75 million executives

Q: What are the key differences between this product and LexisNexis Academic?

A: Nexis Uni is designed to address three key components requested by millennial students: personalization, collaboration, and quick discovery. Below is a snapshot of each feature.


  • IP-authenticated access with option for users to self-register for ID/PW for a more personalized research experience
  • Create alerts on topics or publications of interest
  • Save searches to re-run in the future, add sources to favorites and bookmark documents for later viewing
  • Customized home page to feature a curated discipline page with related content, top publications and specialized search forms

Quick Discovery:

  • Responsive design across devices with unlimited search results
  • Search across all content at once or a subset of targeted titles
  • Results filtering identifies highly relevant results based on location, publication type, subject, industry, geography or timeline
  • Predictive search function suggests likely search terms
  • Task-based search pods to help guide less-experienced students with their research tasks


  • Students can create and share folders for group research projects and study groups
  • Students can save documents in a shared workspace to reduce research overlap
  • Students can highlight portions of a document and make notes, and then save this annotated document in one of their folders and share with other students

In addition to these new features, all of the critical functionality of LNA will be available in Nexis Uni, but may have a slightly different presentation due to improvements. For example, users will still have the ability to do pre- and post-search filtering, download results, deliver to the cloud, etc.


For UC Campuses…

UC access to LexisNexis Academic will cease in favor of Nexis Uni on December 18, 2017.
– The links on campus database lists will be updated automatically if the LexisNexis Academic PID is being used, although campuses will need to change the database title and description. LexisNexis has penned this suggested language:

Nexis Uni features more than 15,000 news, business and legal sources from LexisNexis—including U.S. Supreme Court decisions dating back to 1790—with an intuitive interface that offers quick discovery across all content types, personalization features such as Alerts and saved searches and a collaborative workspace with shared folders and annotated documents.

– Editors of LibGuides and other descriptive database directories with current LexisNexis Academic entries may consider adding brief linked text about the upcoming transition, perhaps: “Successor product Nexis Uni now active.”

– Campuses linking directly to (or similar) will need to update the database URL manually.

– Catalog links to individual publications (journals, newspapers, etc.) in LexisNexis Academic will be automatically redirected to go to Nexis Uni.

– Nexis Uni does not work on webVPNs.  Campuses using webVPN may want to add Nexis Uni to any webpage or documentation that lists online resources that do not function via webVPN.

Official Training Opportunities Exist…

– Individuals may register now for one of the periodic product demonstration webinars as posted on the national training schedule:

– A LexisNexis trainer for academic markets, Lynn Smith, is open to conduct on-site training at interested campuses. Contact her directly to arrange a visit.

Earnrolyn “Lynn” Smith, J.D., MILS
Information Professional Consultant
LexisNexis Academic & Library Solutions
(314) 614-4214