Renew Now for BCR Annual
CIS Universe Group Subscription
(May 2000 Action for Libraries newsletter)

By James Speed Hensinger

Renew your library's subscription(s) now to the Universe databases. BCR's group subscription to CIS LEXIS- NEXIS databases runs from July 1 through June 30.

At this time, only the guaranteed ceiling prices for each database is available. Final prices depend on the total number of libraries that subscribe to the databases by May 15. The final prices for this year's subscription will be listed on BCR's Web site ( as soon as they are available. BCR also will distribute the prices by e-mail to each library that has already completed a BCR Web renewal/order form. Universe databases available with BCR's group subscription are:

  • CIS/LEXIS-NEXIS Academic Universe
    More than 5,200 unique titles. See the title list at cisweb.lexis-

  • CIS Congressional Universe
    Government information archive with full text of congressional reports, hearings and bills; Congressional Record; Federal Register and Code of Federal Regulations; biographical, financial and voting information on congressional members.

  • CIS State Capital Universe
    Information about all 50 states from a single, comprehensive Web source.

  • CIS Statistical Universe (three options)
    Statistical Universe is undergoing extensive redesign to allow users to search statistical tables via new table-level indexing. In August, all subscribers will receive the new Basic Tables Collection, providing access to up to 60,000 tables from federal, state and IGO publications. Statistical Universe B, E and F are eliminated.

      Statistical Universe (A): Federal Service Research Collection includes the complete American Statistics Index Abstract and Index.

      Statistical Universe (C): State and Private Service, includes Statistical Reference Index Abstract (SRI) and Index data for state and private source statistical publications since 1980. Nine optional full-text modules are available.

      Statistical Universe (D): International Service, includes Index to International Statistics Abstract (IIS) and Index Data for international and intergovernmental statistical publications from 1983 to the present.

To subscribe or renew, go to BCR's Web site, click on Reference Databases and then on CIS, LEXIS-NEXIS or Universe and complete the Web form. The databases are available only to academic institutions, public libraries and state libraries. Other restrictions also may apply. For questions, please contact BCR's Jim Hensinger ([email protected]).