LexisNexis Statistical: Index to Federal, State,
International, and Business Statistics

Overview

LexisNexis Statistical is a web-based database that provides access to over 800 U.S. government statistical publications from 1995 forward. Statistical publications from the U.S. government (in print as of 1970 forward), which have been available through the Congressional Information Service's American Statistics Index [(REF) HA 214. A5x] are also indexed. Full-text of selected U.S. federal documents is available.
Links on the first screen present available options. The Tables link allows quick searching through thousands of full-text statistical tables. The Abstracts link permits searching of detailed summaries of statistical publications. The Links link serves as a guide to Web sites with useful statistical information.
Click on How do I? and locate answers to commonly asked statistical research questions, help on downloading full-text documents, etc. The Help button contains help on searching LexisNexis Statistical.
If the source cited in the Abstracts portion of the database does not include a full-text attachment, copy the record number from the LexisNexis Statistical entry (e.g., ASI 1997 3765-10), and go to the Microforms area, located in the Lower Level, west wing. The full-text of each publication cited in the database is available through the ASI microfiche library, (MC) HA 02.

Performing a search via Tables

This option allows for retrieval of full-text statistical tables on a particular topic and links to the abstract of the table it is from. Searching Tables can be done by keyword, coverage date, and region. Searches can also be limited to all fields, table title, subject term or table text; additional categories like age, state, and race are available by using the options listed in "Narrow your search...," or limit results to Excel tables only. All tables provide detailed bibliographic information or abstracts about the data being presented. A Tables search will retrieve only general statistics on a particular topic. For more information on a topic click �Find More Like This�, or click on "Full Document" to retrieve the detailed abstract from which the table was found or the full-text of the document.

Performing a Search via Abstracts

This option searches the entire LexisNexis Statistical database. Begin by selecting the Abstracts link on the main menu. This form allows searching by: subject, title, agency/publisher, author, attachment titles, and document number.

Subject Searching

Use the subject index (click the "Subject List" link next to the search field) to determine which terms are most likely to get meaningful results. Enter a term to find similar subjects to narrow or broaden the search. Checking the box next to a term and clicking the button �Paste to Search� results in that term being "pasted" to the search field on the original search screen. Although there are only three text fields, it is possible to enter multiple words in each box using parentheses to separate each term. When doing this, be sure to include an operator (and, or, and not) between the terms, or the search will be executed as a phrase. Keywords can be entered into the search text box in either one or all-multiple fields without consulting the subject index; using assigned subject terms offers a more precise search.

Search for statistical publications in fields such as: Title, Issuing Agency or Publisher (i.e., Department of Agriculture), and Author. Select the appropriate choice from the drop-down menu adjacent to the search boxes.

To limit search results to documents in full-text, check the box to the left of �Limit to abstracts that have full text attachments.�

Narrow your search by these breakdowns...

This option permits subject searching for data compared by various geographic, economic, or demographic characteristics such as employment by sex, gross domestic product by foreign country, or spending by government agency. A statistical publication that has data for numerous states will be assigned the "By State" comparative data category. If a desired category is not listed in the menu, type in the comparative search term in one of the search boxes. For example, zip code and ancestry are not offered in the Narrow your search... list of categories, but can be used as keywords in a subject search.

Other Search Options

Use the Publication Date fields to limit the years of publication of retrieved records. For example, to limit retrieved records to only those appearing between 1985 and 1988, adjust the default setting of all availabe years by clicking in the circles for the two date fields and putting in the desired time span.

The database permits keyword searching using Boolean logic, proximity indicators, and truncation symbols. The following table contains examples of search strategies:

Boolean Search Options

Boolean LogicANDemployment and WisconsinFind both words in the same document
ORdoctor or physicianfinds either word in same document
AND NOTdrug abuse and not alcoholfinds first word without the second
ATLEASTn (term)atleast5 (budget)find term number of times
Proximity IndicatorsPhrase Searchingbuying powerretrieves two words together
W/neconomic growth w/3 indicatorsretrieves phrase within three words of indicators, e.g., economic growth indicators or indicators of economic growth
W/pGDP and health careretrieves words in same paragraph
W/sGDP and health careretrieves words in same sentence
PRE/nlagging pre/2 indicatorsretrieves first word within two of second word in order specified
Not W/nCPI not/w10 adjustedretrieves farther apart than 10
Not W/sancestry not w/s raceretrieves words not in same sentence
Not W/pbuying power not w/p taxesretrieves words if not in the same paragraph
Not PRE/nUniversity not pre/2 Wisconsinretrieves if one word not in front of other
Truncation SymbolAsterisk *replaces one character anywhere in word except first letterwom*n retrieves woman or women
Exclamation Point !Replaces one or more character at end of wordchild! retrieves child or children

Search Results

Search results are displayed in descending order by date of publication. Each result will include a title, abstract, and an ASI record number. Some records may also provide the full-text of the desired information or a link to full-text attachments. If the search results are more than 1,000, the system will not return any results, but will request a refinement of the search strategy.

Links to other Statistical Information Web sites

Click the �Links� link on the main page to retrieve web sites containing statistical information. Web sites linked from this page are hosted by government agencies, government services, universities, and non-government services (i.e., United Nations Statistics Division).

Downloading, Printing, and Emailing

Text -- All text documents in LexisNexis Statistical are in HTML formats. To save a file in HTML text format, insert a disk in drive a:\ and select �File� at the top left of the screen. Select "Save As..." and save the file as HTML in the a:\ drive. The file will display in any web browser. Save the file as �text� to enable the document to be displayed in any word processing program.

Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) -- Tables and charts appear in PDF files as they would in a print edition. PDF files can be viewed and printed with the Adobe Acrobat reader software. Due to the length of some PDF documents, first scan the document to determine exactly what information is needed before printing.

GIF Image Format -- All charts and tables in LexisNexis Statistical will be available as GIF images. To save a GIF image, insert a disk and right click on the mouse. From the list of options select "Save Image As..." Select drive a:\, name the file, and select "Save."

Spreadsheet and Comma-delimited Format Files -- Tables that have important time series information are sometimes available in spreadsheet (Microsoft Excel 5.0) and comma-deliminated formats. Data in the tables can be manipulated using a spreadsheet program. To save a spreadsheet, insert a disk. Under "File" select �Save As...� and save the file as .CSV in the a:\ drive.

All formats can be printed. Select �File� from the browser bar and choose print.

PDF tables and abstracts can be emailed. Click on the email icon on the Adobe bar and fill in the required address box.

Help

For additional quick tips, click on How do I?. Click on Sources and then on "Take a Tour" for a longer tutorial on using the database. For additional assistance, ask at the RIS Ask a Librarian Desk.

Exit
Exit the database by clicking the Home button on the browser bar.

REV: 06/02/03; mod 03/15/05


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