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Help, Guides and Instructions: LexisNexis Academic

This Research Guide helps patrons of the NWC Library make the most of their library experience by introducing important databases and resources available to them. It serves as a starting place to learn how to use the library online catalog and databases.

How to Access LexisNexis

Why LexisNexis

The LexisNexis database provides full-text access to a wide range of news, current events, business, legal, and reference information.

Accessing LexisNexis Academic

  • From the NWC intranet
    • Go to the NWC Library home page by clicking on the Learning Commons tab and following the link.
    • From there, click on the Library Databases link on the right hand side of the screen to access the databases.
  • From the internet
    •  Click on the Library Databases link on the right hand side of the screen under Search & Find
    • From off-campus: Use your Blackboard login information or your CAC login for remote access.

How to Search LexisNexis Academic

Searching Lexis Nexis Academic




Advanced Search



How to Search LexisNexis Academic





Terms and Connectors Basics

  • AND, OR
    • "Naval" AND "Warfare" finds articles containing both terms naval or warfare finds articles containing either term
  • QUOTATION MARKS ARE NOT REQUIRED; Two or more terms can be used in proximity without quotation marks.
    • Naval Warfare searches for the phrase naval warfare
  • Use w/n to find terms within “n” number of words of each other in either direction.
    • Law w/3 sea finds law within 3 words of sea
    • Weapons w/3 destruction finds weapons within 3 words of destruction
  • Use ! to truncate terms. LexisNexis Academic searches for terms with variant endings.
    • Terror! finds terror; terrorist; terrorists; terrorism
  • Use * for each letter you need to substitute within a word or at the end of a word.
    • wom*n finds women; woman
    • nav** finds navy; naval; but not navies


Finding a Specific Source

To search a specific source such as the New York Times, enter the title in the Select Source box. To find a specific source, click on the Find Sources link.

Example: Results for searching: Security and Satellite!

Checking the boxes to the left of the title tags items. You can save, email, and print tagged items.