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Transactional or Hourly ID? When to Use Which
(November 12, 2004)
Here are some tips for figuring out which ID is more economical to use
based on your research needs.
Use your transactional ID when time is not an issue. Charges are
incurred by each search request submitted rather than your online time.
Use this ID to:
feature to narrow results to more precise answer sets.
- Run an initial search request with terms that are broad in scope,
then use the free FOCUS
- Browse your search results online without the pressure of time being
- Retrieve documents using the Get a Document feature when you have
- Shepardize® federal and state case-law decisions, statutory
material, U.S. patents, and more. Narrow Shepard's® results
by using Custom Restrictions at no charge.
Use CheckCite® to automatically identify and verify all
citations and quotes in a document.
Use your hourly ID when you need to perform a fair number of searches,
but you won't be spending online time to review your results.
Charges are incurred by your time spent online rather than by the number
of search requests submitted. Use this ID to:
- Quickly run three or more searches in 15 minutes.
- Produce lists of citations (bibliographic information only)
rather than stay online to browse results.
- Conduct preliminary background research -- public records and
company information -- when you do not plan to remain online for
more intense investigation.
- Make changes to online features -- e.g., selecting different
options on the Preference template, rerunning a previous search
request stored in the History archive, or editing an ECLIPSE
hourly ID, be sure to remember to click the Sign Off link to end your
LexisNexis research session and stop the online charges.