LexNexis for the masses
A good tip this morning from Jonathan Dube via Poynter Online. LexisNexis is entering the real world and making its massive databases available to the masses for a per-story fee.
It's at http://AlaCarte.LexisNexis.com.
Dube notes the salient facts:
- 20,000 sources
- 3.8 billion-plus documents
- Info as far back as 1968
- Free search
- $3 to view a document, which is available to you for 90 days
LexisNexis is one of those stops you should make to background your story after you check out what's available for free on the Net. And since you get to see the headlines for free, you often can track down the original for free elsewhere.
This also seems to mark a realization by L/N that with all the information floating around on the Net, it can't try to keep its databases bottled up anymore behind high fees. While all information need not be free, it does need to be reasonably priced.