LexisNexis--News Search

  • Introduction
  • LexisNexis Interface
  • Search Example
  • Search Results
  • Saving Your Research
  • Conclusion
  • Quiz

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On the library's home page, click the Databases tab.

Then, select LexisNexis Academic from the list of Frequently Used Databases.

Note the scope of information in this database.

We are going to focus on only one part of the database--the news sources.

Click the title to enter the database.

LexisNexis Interface

This is the default search screen.  Here, you can do a comprehensive search which will search multiple source types (newspapers, cases, et al.) simultaneously.  Or you can use the current Hot Topics Links for instant information.  You can also use the Search the News widget at the bottom of the screen, which will provide a broad search of news resources. 

Our search is going to be more focused, however.  Click the Search by Content Type near the top of the screen, then click the All News link.  This may look just like the default search screen, but if you click the Advanced Options, you will see the difference.

Search Example

Now, let's find out what was being reported about the immediate impact of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 specifically on New York City.

First, let's specify the date range.  Type 09/12/2001 in both date boxes.

Under Source Type, select Major World Publications.

For Article Type, select Editorials and Opinion.

And for Article Location, choose New York.

In the text box at the top, type this search string:  world trade center and attack. This search requires the database to produce all records (and only those records) that fit the parameters we have defined.  Your screen should look like this:

Now, click the Apply button, then, on the next screen, the gray Search button.

Search Results

You see a list of brief records.  The titles (or headlines) are hyperlinked.  To read an article, simply click the title.  Open the first article on your list, and you will see your search terms highlighted in red.  This highlighting allows you to quickly determine the context in which the terms are being used.  This will help you in judging the relevance of this article to your research.

Go back to the results list by clicking the red Results tab at the top of the frame.

A few things about what you see on this screen:

The left column shows you a breakdown of the articles by type and by publication title.  Clicking Subject will produce a list of subject terms used by this database as its controlled vocabulary.  These terms can be used as hyperlinks or incorporated into keyword string searches.

Above the results list are two drop-down menus.  Show is used to change the look of the list. Sort changes the way the list is arranged.  The Search within results text box enables you to narrow your results list by adding more search terms.  (To see which of these articles compared the 9/11 attacks to the 1941 Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, type pearl harbor into the text box and click Go.)


Saving Your Research

 To save an article, select it by clicking the check box to the left of the article.  Once selected, an article can be printed, emailed, or saved to your computer or storage device.  Just click one of the icons (printer, envelope, diskette, et al.) on the far right, above the results list. 


Now that you have a basic understanding of LexisNexis, you will want to use it for any research to do with current affairs and developing topics.  The information in LexisNexis is loaded each day, making this one of the most up-to-date databases available.



Using the advanced options in All News, find articles that mention something in their headlines about the damage to the economy caused by the government shut down of 2013.  (Hint:  Use the Select a Segment drop down menu to select HEADLINE; then enter your search terms in the parentheses.)  Which publication mentions that “America's reputation as a credit-worthy borrower has suffered”?

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