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SPED 2210: Diversity and Disabilities

Introduction to the ERIC database and the research process for SPED 2210.

Using Lexis-Nexis Academic

Nexis Uni, previously known as Lexis-Nexis, provides full-text documents from over 5,600 news, business, legal, medical, and reference publications with a variety of flexible search options. Search for state and federal regulations, legal cases and more.

When looking for law related information, legal cases and regulations (state, federal and internation), one of the best resources to use is Nexis Uni.

Use the Guided Search in the middle of the screen to look for 4 different types of information. The first step is to decide what you are looking for as this will determine which search box you want to use. Do you want to find legal cases or articles about a case, law or regulation?

For News resources - Click on News then type in your search terms for your topic. For example type in "elementary schools" and "Americans with Disabilities Act" and click on the Search button. The search found 1,110 newspaper articles related to the topic. Once you have a results screen you have several options.

  • You can start looking at the articles on the list.
  • You can utilize the Narrow By column located to the left of your results list to apply a variety of limits. The Sources limit will show you how many of the items fell under each source. Publication Type will show you how many of the items fell under each publication type such as general newspapers,newswires, etc.

Look up a Legal Case - Click on Cases, then select whether you want Federal Cases or State Cases, the type in your search terms or a specific case number. Nexis Uni offers the option to Shepardize the case you are looking at which shows you it's prior history and decisions.

If you need help using the database please remember you can contact me or any of the reference librarians for assistance.