Legislative Outlook Gauge – appears with the text of a bill and bill tracking documents. A special Lexis algorithm analyzes historic and current legislative patterns, key probability indicators ( e.g. who is the sponsor) in order to forecast probable outcome. The algorithms assessment is displayed using an icon which looks like a an automobile gas gauge signaling the likelihood of passage.
Legislative Progress Bar provides a visual representation of the status of a bill.
News Enhancements in Lexis Advance – LexisNexis which has always boasted a superb news offering has finally migrated this deep archive to Lexis Advance. The collection includes news sources dating back 60 years to the 196p’s. Lexis has been building an archive of exclusive content from premier news outlets and specialty legal and business publishers through a series of alliance and acquisitions. Exclusive sources include The Washington Post, The New York Times, Wall Street Journal and the American lawyer Media publications. One of my favorite new features is an obscure source called the Wenn Archive which includes photographs dating back to the 1960’s.
Additional Developments include:
Explore Content feature is a bridge between Lexis.com and Lexis Advance
Back of the Book Indices from their Matthew Bender treatises.
Lexis Practice Advisor: Forms Index – allows users to locate forms by practice and form type and key work. There is also an alphabetical index of all forms.
Lexis Advance Mobile App has been updated and includes the full news archive. IPad users have more delivery options
One Search Does Not Fit All – Search has come a long way in the past 50 years. Early Lexis required a researcher to execute a series of specific "commands" to perform every action and search required Boolean operators used in a specific syntax. I am grateful that those days are gone, but the rush to develop the perfect search engine has often ignored the power of facts and descriptors.