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Mead Data Central Adds to Lexis and Nexis

Magazine article Information Today

Mead Data Central Adds to Lexis and Nexis

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Meads Data Central Adds to Lexis and Nexis

Mead Data Central has been very busy over the summer adding new sources of information to their popular Lexis and Nexis services.

Lexis, the computer-assisted legal research service, has seen the addition of several new sources to its Health library. James P. Roemer, vice president of Legal and Government Information Services for Mead Data Central said "These enhancements meet legal professionals' and government employees' needs for more convenient and easy-to-use research on legal administration and regulation of health care institutions."

Among the important additions are The Expert and the Law, Biotechnology News Watch, and Genetic Technology News.

"Customers can now search for expert witnesses, trends in biotechnology and genetic research, without having to change libraries. They can easily search all hospital administration journals in group files organized by publisher," Roemer said.

Among the journals available in the Health library are Hospital, Health Law, Hospital Peer Review, Hospital Risk Management, Journal of the American Medical Association, Public Health Reports, and Accreditation Manual for Hospitals.

A new, comprehensive source of case law, rules and regulations governing the employment relationship between governmental bodies and their employees has also been added to Lexis.

The State Public Employment Library includes information on such topics as civil service systems, rights of public employees to form unions or strike, pension and retirement benefits owed to public employees, hiring, firing, raises, promotions and many other subjects.

"This library will be especially helpful to attorneys representing government personnel systems, individual employees or unions of public employees," Roemer said. "It will also be helpful to attorneys representing private employees, because issues applicable to both public and private employees are often litigated first within a public employment context."

This new information is complemented by several files already in the Lexis service, such as the Federal Labor Library, the Private Employment Library, Bureau of National Affairs labor and employment publications and state statutes. Virtually all rights and responsibilities of public employees are set forth in state statutes, regulations set forth by state administrative agencies or the ordinances of local governmental entities.

The release of the State Public Employment library continues Mead Data Central's commitment to packaging topical legal information and represents the eighth state specialized library release within the last 18 months.

Roemer also announced the addition of the code of Virginia to the Lexis service. The statutes of Virginia join those from Delaware, Maryland and North Carolina to complete a regional research package of interest to customers in these states and across the country.

This raises the total of statutes online in the Lexis service to 22 and continues Mead data Central's efforts to offer statutory material from all 50 states and other jurisdictions.

The Lexis service makes it possible to search all sections of the statutes and annotations at one time, without need of an index. Researchers can also browse preceding and succeeding code sections without performing another search and without incurring a new search charge.

Each search will cost from $14 to $20. Browsing on the Lexis service cost 53 cents per minute, and printing online is at the rate of two cents per line.

The Lexis service also offers Lexee, a feature which makes it possible to move from statutes to case law and annotations quickly, by entering their citations.

Another major enhancement to Lexis concerns the Banking library. "The restructure of the Banking library brings together in one place a comprehensive collection of banking information," Roemer said. …

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