LexisNexis is shutting down its LexisNexis Academic platform this month and migrating us over to the new Nexis Uni interface. There is now a link to “Nexis Uni” on the A-Z databases page. The existing link for “LexisNexis Academic” has been relabeled as “LexisNexis Academic is now Nexis Uni” and redirected to point to the Nexis Uni interface; we’ll leave this set of dual links in place for the rest of the year.
If you’d like to dive in to the documentation from LexisNexis about the new interface, try these:
If you’ve got links to LexisNexis in a LibGuide you authored and you re-used the official database link, it will automatically get updated to the new URL. If, though, you have typed out in text somewhere on your guide the name “LexisNexis” you will want to change that to “Nexis Uni.” Here is a search in the LibGuides system of all pages where the word “Lexis” appears. Please review these search results and update any mentions of LexisNexis to reflect the new name, Nexis Uni.
We’ve long had access to MathSciNet on the American Mathematical Society’s own platform. This week, we were able to add another access point to the same database: EBSCOhost. If you browse the list of math databases or the main databases page, you’ll now see a separate link for “MathSciNet (EBSCOhost interface).”
Records from MathSciNet are also discoverable in OneSearch; if you click to view the full text from a record in OneSearch, you’ll likely be taken to the article on the American Mathematical Society platform.
Advertising REDBOOKS has overhauled the interface recently and rebranded the site as just “REDBOOKS.” If you haven’t been in REDBOOKS for a while, it’s worth taking a peek at what you can find there. If you look up a company, such as Red Robin Gourmet Burgers, you can find:
- a list of the agencies that provided media buying, brand strategy, marketing, digital media planning, etc.
- media spend amounts by category (cable TV, spot TV, outdoor, newspapers, etc.)
- business summary and financials
- its SIC and NAICS classifications
- a list of its competitors
- recent company news
On the A-Z list of databases, there is now a pointer link in the “A-B” tab that says “Advertising REDBOOKS is now called ‘REDBOOKS‘” (the link resolves to the new interface for REDBOOKS) and link in the “Q-R” tab that says “REDBOOKS formerly known as ‘Advertising REDBOOKS.‘” We’ll keep that pointer link until the end of the calendar year.
Annual Reviews launched a new interface today. It’s a much more modern design. More details can be found on this post on the vendor’s news blog.
If you go to MRI+ Mediamark Reporter, you’ll see that it has a new interface and new branding as GfK MRI University Report. Following feedback from some of our colleagues, Mike and I have decided to update the database links as follows:
- The link labeled “MRI+ Mediamark Reporter” has been relabeled to “GfK MRI University Reporter (formerly MRI+ Mediamark Reporter)”. This link is now found on the G-H tab of the databases page. At the end of the year, this link will be shortened to just “GfK MRI University Reporter.”
- A new link labeled “MRI+ Mediamark Reporter” has been added to the M-N tab of the databases page. At the end of this year, this link will be removed.
The Social Explorer has recently added some new datasets. US Demography is still their primary module, which includes historical and current US Census data from the decennial census and the American Community Survey. But if you were looking for UK Census data, you’re now in luck! The United Kingdom 2011 Census is available for England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. The UK module works the same way as the US one; you can make good-looking web maps using a variety of different geographies, and download census reports.
Just in time for the upcoming 2016 election, they’ve added a US Election Data module. You can create maps of voter registration and actual election outcomes for presidential, congressional, and gubernatorial elections at the state and county level for the past decade or so. Unfortunately you can’t download any of the underlying data; they’ve partnered with Dave Leip’s and his Atlas of Presidential Elections, and he holds a virtual monopoly on this information. There are public and free alternatives for voter registration and federal election data at the state level, but they are from two different sources: the Census Current Population Survey for the former and the Federal Election Commission for the latter. A central, reliable, public source for county-level data is non-existent. Despite this large shortcoming, the Social Explorer module is still useful for exploring and visualizing election data.
The Social Explorer is available via our databases page, and you can access each of the modules under the Maps heading. Scroll down and pick the one you’d like.
Proquest has recently revised the interface to the Statistical Abstract of the United States, making it easier to use. The abstract is a good source for federal statistics that cover a wide range of subjects at the national, regional, and state levels. It’s also useful for determining which agency or department in the government is responsible for publishing a given statistic. Citations with links back to the original sources make it possible to uncover additional data (in particular, for smaller geographic areas like counties and places).
The interface gives you the ability to browse by subject and to drill down to individual topics, which mimic the chapters and tables that appear in the print edition. Alternatively you can search by keywords or phrases across the current or previous Proquest editions of the abstract. Even though the abstract is from 2015 and the first Proquest edition is from 2013, many of the tables contain historic data that stretch back several decades. After doing an initial browse or a search you have the ability to filter the results by date, source, and subject term. Tables can be downloaded in a presentation-friendly PDF format or a data-friendly Excel format.
The Statistical Abstract was an annual publication that was previously published by the Census Bureau. After over 130 years of continuous publication, the Census Bureau terminated the program for the sake of short-sighted budget cuts. The 2012 Abstract was the last public edition. Proquest acquired the rights to publish the abstract and it has been a proprietary, subscription-based product since 2013. Our subscription includes both the electronic (available via our Databases page) and print (Reference HA 202.A4) editions from Proquest. The Census Bureau still provides access to the older editions they published on their website at http://www.census.gov/prod/www/statistical_abstract.html.
If not, check it out before classes begin. Here’s a video from ProQuest highlighting the changes (NB: I changed the autoplay start point for this video about 55 seconds in so you skip the needless intro section).
We just switched over this morning to the new S&P NetAdvantage interface. There’s a new URL for the database, too (I updated the URL in the databases list, which should push out to any mapped links you’ve added to your research guides).
One very confusing thing about the new interface is that by default it doesn’t say “NetAdvantage” on it. To get around that, we used the admin options in the database to add a navigation button to the interface that says “NetAdvantage.” Clicking that button just takes you back to the home page for the database interface.
If you have any tips about navigating the new interface or about content and functionality that we didn’t have in the old interface, please add them as comments to this blog post.
Actual details (let alone screenshots or live previews) are not available at the moment about the changes coming to the ProQuest and ebrary interfaces. What little information there is right now can be found on this ProQuest page.