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Meet Rich Gause, Government Information Librarian for the University Libraries at the University of Central Florida (UCF). Rich has been a member of the LexisNexis Academic Content Advisory Committee since 1998 and has seen the product go through many changes over the years in design and content.
“The breadth and depth of coverage in LexisNexis Academic/Nexis Uni is the key reason it is such a valuable resource for my students and faculty.”
Rich notes, “Most of our databases provide access to the full text of articles from journals or newspapers. Nexis Uni does that but very much more, and crafting an interface that facilitates easy discovery of that other content has always been the challenge.”
Top Three Tips from Rich Gause
1. Create Deep Links to Facilitate Nexis Uni Discovery
“Helping my users dig deep into the hidden riches of the product is why I've always created deep links on my research guides to specific sources, particularly to some of international legal files. I've created a guide for my users to help them discover Nexis Uni content,” Rich says. His students often look for information relevant to the state of Florida, so he has also created links to retrieve Florida cases, law reviews, newspapers, and municipal codes.
2. Filtering to Locate Non-U.S. Content
Rich uses several approaches for finding non-U.S. content in Nexis Uni. “Filtering by 'location' narrows the search results based on where the source was produced, whereas filtering by 'geography' narrows the results by the geographic subject of the article,” he notes. Rich suggests progressive filtering, for example, use the ‘location’ filter to limit the results to 'international' and then filter by region of the world, e.g., Africa, Asia, Europe. To refine results further, filter again by sub-region or country. He also recommends narrowing the sources to be searched by 'jurisdiction' before beginning the search, which accomplishes the same thing as a post-search filter by 'location.' As with all searches, Rich emphasizes that with each step in the research process, users should check the left column filters because new options appear as results are narrowed.
3. Take Advantage of the Research Map
During training sessions with colleagues and users, Rich urges the researchers to create an individual account and log in to track through your searches from previous sessions using the Research Map. He explains, “When students come in to meet with me for personal research assistance, we can use the Research Map to review how they've approached the search process and possibly identify unexplored avenues.”
About Rich Gause
Rich is the Government Information Librarian for the University Libraries at the University of Central Florida (UCF) and has coordinated establishing Centers of Excellence at UCF for information from the U.S. Department of Energy, Atomic Energy Commission, Nuclear Regulatory Commission, and National Aeronautics & Space Administration. He is active in the American Library Association’s Government Documents Round Table (GODORT) and the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP) community. He recently completed a three-year term as a member of the Depository Library Council, an advisory committee to the Director, U.S. Government Publishing Office (GPO) in Washington, D.C.
He serves as the library’s subject librarian for UCF’s programs in Theatre and Legal Studies, and is the interim subject librarian covering History, Communication, Music, and Philosophy/Religious Studies. Rich also provides assistance to UCF researchers regarding many other subject areas, including statistical demographic data, Florida, business, criminal justice, political science, public administration, and security studies. Within the library Rich has an ongoing involvement in space planning, market equity salary studies, and development of online research guides using LibGuides.
A Navy veteran and graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy with a Bachelor of Science in Physical Science, Rich also holds a Master’s of Library Science in Information Science from Florida State University and a Master’s of Business Administration in Management from New Hampshire College.