Question: Can I text mine Lexis Nexis via their REST API?


Use of the Lexis Nexis Web Services REST API  (formerly called the the Lexis Nexis Web Services Kit or "WSK") is limited to scholars with approved topics and the technical skills (Python) required to query the dataset.

Faculty, PhDs, and faculty research assistants are eligible. Masters students working on a thesis and undergraduates working on a Capstone may be eligible pending approval. All other individuals should first consult our Text Data Management sources guide.

Access to Lexis Nexis text data is mediated by Lexis Nexis staff. The timeliness of provisioning and support is dependent upon their current workload. As such, time-sensitive requests for access to the API are strongly discouraged and may not be able to be accommodated.

As advised by Lexis Nexis staff, scholars preparing to use the API should construct and experiment with multiple searches in the Nexis Uni interface to begin to scope, refine, and preview API results. (Note: NYU's subscription to the Nexis Uni product does not support text mining. Do not attempt to scrape or crawl this product, as it is a violation of our user agreement and will result in all of NYU's access being shut off. Text mining may only be performed via the REST API product.)

To view the list of publications you can mine with the REST API, enter the Nexis Uni interface and browse "All Sources" under the "Menu".

Please email with a description of your research project to inquire about access to the Lexis Nexis REST API.

Answered By: Business Librarians
Last Updated: Dec 03, 2019Views:

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