LexisNexis Samantha E. Cabral Douglas & Judith Krupp Library Bryant University Fall 2007 Contact the Reference Desk • Phone: 232-6299 • Email: email@example.com • Chat with a Reference Librarian- ask your research questions via AIM, MSN, Yahoo! or with your Google account • TXT message: 401-595-7306 send us your question via text message and someone will respond ASAP! Library Contacts • Colleen Anderson firstname.lastname@example.org • Paul Roske email@example.com • Laura kohl firstname.lastname@example.org • Samantha Cabral email@example.com • Maura Keating firstname.lastname@example.org What is LexisNexis ? Subject coverage includes: Business Legal Research News People Company Dossiers Country Analysis LexisNexis is one of the many electronic databases (e-resources) that you have access to. It provides full-text documents from over 6,000 news, business, and legal publications with a variety of flexible search options. How to Access LexisNexis You have access to LexisNexis from within the library, as well as from your room, or a location off campus. Simply go to the library homepage: http://library.bryant.edu and select the “Electronic Resources” link on the left hand side of the page and scroll down to LexisNexis Business Information This database covers the following business related information: ¤ Business and Financial News – Business articles from newspapers, magazines, journals, wires & transcripts ¤ U.S. and International Company Financial Information – from government or private sources ¤ Industry & Market – News from over 25 industries ¤ Accounting Literature – Accounting journals & literature ¤ SEC Filings & Reports – EDGAR filings, annual & quarterly reports & proxy statements ¤ Country Profiles/Analysis – Economic, business, and political risk information ¤ Company Dossiers – Contact and resource information for companies, including executives, revenue, competitors, and more. Create comparisons between multiple companies. Find contact and resource information for companies. Searching for Business Information To begin a search for business information select the “Business” link towards the top of the page underneath the “Search” tab from the LexisNexis home page. You will be directed to the following page where you can begin searching. Searching for Business Information The “business” section defaults users to the Company Dossier page. If you are interested in finding information on a specific company start your search here. You can also navigate towards other business searches by using the links on the right hand side of the page. Searching for a Company Dossier Locate a comprehensive report on a specific company or companies under the “Company Dossier” section of business. Company reports will include some or all of the following information. ▫ Snapshot – at-a-glance analysis of current information ▫ News - by top publication, topic, or region ▫ Business Information – research and analysis reports, company profiles, and competitor product and brand listings ▫ Corporate Hierarchy – lists connect parent company to all related companies in the U.S. and abroad ▫ Financial Information – SEC filings, corporate financials and more ▫ Legal Information – U.S. court decisions, jury verdicts, and more NOTE: there are options to create custom reports as well as to compare multiple companies. Reports can be viewed or printed in PDF, HTML, and exported into Excel sheets. Company Research Once in the “Business” section you can use the link on the right hand side of the page to locate the “Company Profiles” search page. Type in a company name or ticker symbol to retrieve the following information: - newswires & press releases - company directories & profiles - business & corporation information - industry directories & profiles - company analyst reports The results will be displayed by relevance in the middle portion of the screen. You have the option to use the links in the left hand portion to jump to the specific reports that you would like to view. Company Research, continued To compile a report on companies by total sales, revenue, location, number of employees, by SIC or NAICS code, or other specific financial information use the “Dossier create Company List” link. The search page will look like this: Use the drop down boxes to create a more specific search. Searching for Business News To find business news select the “News” tab from the main page. Next use the drop down box next to “Select Sources” to select the Business News Publications. Enter your search terms, and a specific date range, then execute your search. The type of information covered in this category are general business, accounting, economics, management, human resources and tax information. These sources are international in scope. Search for SEC filings To locate SEC filings for one or more companies type in company name or ticker symbol. You can opt to choose which SEC forms to search for using the “Select Sources” drop down box. Finally you can also limit to a specific date or date range using the “Specify Date” drop down box. Searching for Accounting Information To locate articles, news, or legal information on accounting information use the “Accounting” link under business. Simply type in the term you are searching for, i.e. Sarbanes-Oxley, to locate the information. *Don’t forget to check off the type of sources you wish to search through, to help expand or narrow your search. Select one or all of the sources listed, you will have the option to jump to the different category of sources in the results screen if you choose multiple sources. Tip! Use the “i” icon to find out information on the source you have selected, like what type of information is covered, how frequently it is updated and more. Locating Country Profiles To find reports or information on a specific country use the first drop down box to select the country from the list of 190 countries. Next select the source type for the kind of information you wish to retrieve. The sources are: - Business Opportunities - Risk Reports - Economic & Political News Add any specific terms you want to find within the report. Finally specify the date range for the publication of the report. Legal Research This database covers the following legal information: ₪ Law Reviews & News – articles from over 500 publications, news from over 300 legal newspapers, magazines, and newsletters ₪ Federal & State Cases ₪ Shepard’s Citations – for all U.S. Supreme Court cases back to 1789 ₪ Federal & State Codes – Federal regulations from the Federal Register, Code of Federal Regulations, U.S. Attorney General Opinions, and Federal Acquisition Regulations and Supplements. Codes for all 50 states and territories, plus constitutions, court rules, and Attorneys General opinions. ₪ Tax Law – From the IRS bulletin, IRS regulations, ABA Tax Lawyer, AICOA Tax Adviser, and more ₪ Canadian Court Cases ₪ Canadian Legislation ₪ European Union, Commonwealth, and Foreign Nations ₪ Patents – from 1971 forward, searchable by keyword, patent number, classification number, lawyer, assignee, inventor, or summary Legal Research To begin a search for legal information click “Legal” link towards the top of the page underneath the “Search” tab. You will be directed to the following page where you can begin searching for law reviews. Tip: don’t forget to use the drop down boxes to locate information in specific sources, to limit the year, or a date range. Finding Legal News To find Legal News, go to the News tab. Select “Legal News Group File” from the “Select Sources” drop down box. You will be directed to a new search page where you can enter in your search terms, as well as select one or all of the legal news reporting groups. * Don’t forget to specify the date range to search within. The default is for the previous 3 months only. Legal Research To get a federal or state case, or code, tax law information, or other legal information use the links to the right hand side of the screen. Searching for Court Cases • If you are searching for a specific case enter either the parties names, or the case number. • If you are trying to find cases on a particular subject enter in the search terms. • Locate cases that have been presided over by a specific Judge, or represented by certain Counsels or Firms. • To help narrow results use the “Select Sources” drop down box to select they type of court, or general area of law you want the results to appear in. Sources include: U.S. Supreme Court Cases - US Courts of Appeals Cases, combined - Armed Forces Court of Appeals - US Tax Court Cases - US Bankruptcy Court cases - State Court cases - Corporate Cases (Federal & State) - Ethics cases - Family Law Cases - Insurance - International Law - Labor & Employment cases - Mergers & Acquisitions cases - Estate Cases - Federal and State Trade Cases - Transportation Cases AND MORE! Federal & State Code Search Simply enter the subject term(s) that you are searching for within the Codes. • To narrow your search use the “Select Sources” drop down box to select the specific titles you wish to search within. • For example if you are searching for codes relating to “Banks and Banking” select that option and the search will be limited to find the information under this Title 12 section of the United States Code only. Tax Law Research Enter you search terms, or keywords and then select out The Tax Lawyer the source or sources that best suits your research needs. The Sources to choose from are The Tax Adviser listed to the right Federal Courts Tax Cases Tax Law Review Articles, You may also consider combined searching for your information under The Practical Tax Lawyer the “Accounting” link from the Business section State Courts Tax Cases of LexisNexis for additional resources. Searching for News LexisNexis contains comprehensive coverage of news sources, and now includes news from Blogs and other web publications. To begin a search for news, simply select the “News” tab at the top of the main screen. You can also find the Roper Center for Public Opinion Research reports from this news section. Searching for News Once in the news portion of the database enter in subject or keyword(s) or phrases that you are searching for. *Note the default sources searched are “News, All (English, Full Text)”. Use the Drop down box to select different news group files, like Spanish Language News, or Healthcare news, etc. Don’t forget to specify the date or date range of the news you are searching for. General Searching You can also search for news from the General Search page. However a news search might retrieve more relevant information. From here you can search for your information across multiple areas of the database, for example you can search for information on any topic, like Google, President Bush, or Global Warming. that appears in any of the following sections; blogs, news wire services, and legal. Searching for People Another feature of this database is to search for biographical and news information on specific people. Types of people covered are: Persons in Business, Politicians, Lawyers, Judges, Lords, Members of Parliament, as well as some information from newspaper biographical features. How do I…? And other tips If you are not sure where to start don’t forget to use the “How do I…?” links in the right hand side of each search page. Also, check out the tutorials that are available for more help understanding the new look of LexisNexis. Don’t Forget If you are having difficulty searching this or any other database please stop by the Reference Desk and a Librarian will help you with your Search!