lexis new offer...

Sue E. Lowrie suee
Tue Sep 2 18:19:27 CDT 1997


Don't know if this has already been sent to the list, but I know I hadn't
seen it.  Thought you might be interested!

Sue Lowrie
Chico State Debate '97-98
"Demented and sad, but social."
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Date: Tue, 2 Sep 1997 13:41:55 -0700 (PDT)
From: "Andrew T. Shaw" <ats at ecst.csuchico.edu>
To: Sue Lowrie <suee at ecst.csuchico.edu>
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Date: Thu, 28 Aug 1997 15:48:17 -0500
From: "Jeffrey D. Brand" <jbrand at badlands.nodak.edu>
Reply-To: IE-L at cornell.edu
To: Intercollegiate Forensics <IE-L at cornell.edu>

This recent release may be of interest to forensic folks.  It is going to
contribute to the on-going discussion over electronic sources in IE and
debate.

Jeff Brand, DOF
North Dakota State U



 [The Chronicle of Higher Education]

   INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
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   Thursday, August 28, 1997

    [Image]

    Lexis-Nexis Announces
    New Service for Colleges

    By JEFFREY R. YOUNG

    Lexis-Nexis Wednesday announced a new version of
    its massive full-text data base designed for
    colleges and universities. The new service will,
    for a fee, give students, faculty members, and
    administrators at participating colleges almost
    unlimited access to the millions of journal
    articles, newspaper reports, and other documents
    offered by the company.

    Though the Lexis-Nexis data base has become
    widely available in the business world, it has
    been less accessible to most university
    researchers because the high price of the service
    made it difficult for colleges and universities
    to afford it. (Many law schools, however, have
    long subscribed to the service, because of the
    wealth of up-to-date legal information.)

    The new service, called UNIVerse, is priced with
    colleges in mind -- at about 70 to 80 per cent
    less than the comparable commercial service,
    company officials say. "This isn't your typical
    'This will cost a fortune' Lexis-Nexis," notes
    Steve Edwards, a public-relations manager for the
    company.

    The exact price tag will vary by institution
    because it is based on the number of students and
    faculty and staff members who have access to a
    university's computer network. Because the
    service is accessible over the World-Wide Web,
    people are able to use the data base at any
    networked computer on a member campus, not just
    in the library. Tom Wallman, senior director of
    academic markets for Lexis-Nexis, estimates that
    the service will cost universities about two or
    three dollars per person, per year.

    Users of the new service must agree to use the
    data base only for "academic-related purposes,"
    says Mr. Wallman. And the UNIVerse service isn't
    as complete as the commercial data base. Most
    public records and many market-research reports
    are excluded because of privacy and licensing
    concerns, Mr. Wallman says.

    Of course, researchers in many fields may have
    little use for a collection of newspapers,
    magazines, and transcripts of television
    broadcasts. Mr. Wallman suggests that it will be
    especially useful to those studying criminal
    justice, communications, and political science.
    "We believe the services will be of value for
    virtually every discipline -- not just for
    writing that term paper, but for keeping current
    in their fields," he adds.

    Some professors worry that giving students such
    easy access to articles may be too helpful to
    cheaters, who can easily copy material into their
    word processors and turn it in as their own work.
    But Lexis-Nexis officials say professors will be
    able to quickly check up on suspected
    plagiarizers.

    "The faculty members have access to the same
    tool," says Mr. Wallman. "The faculty can take
    the terms in your paper and see whether they turn
    up in the press."

    The company tested the service at Florida State
    University, which now offers the UNIVerse service
    on its campus.




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