• Searching Lexis-Nexis

  • Lexis-Nexis provides full text from domestic and international newspapers, magazines, and journals; and from medical, legal and business sources.

    SEARCH FORMS

    Use the Easy Search form if you just need a quick answer to a simple query or you're not sure which sources to use. Enter any terms or phrases, with or without connectors (see CONNECTORS and TRUNCATION below).
     

    Use the Power Search form if you wish to select specific sources, search sections within a document, or choose between natural language (freestyle, similar to a Google search) and terms and connectors searching.
     

    Use content-specific search forms (one of the sub-tabs at the top of the screen) to search a specific topic or category, e.g.  Law Reviews.

     
    How to search for articles using the POWER SEARCH form:

    A.      CONNECTORS AND TRUNCATION

    1.        Use connectors to get the most relevant search results.  Eg.  humor AND children; humor OR comedy; health w/2 insurance (to get results where health appears two words before or after insurance).  To learn how to use connectors, click on “View Connectors”.

    2.        Use an exclamation mark (!) to truncate a word to find all the words made by adding letters to the end of it. For example, acqui! would find variations on the term acquire such as acquires, acquired, acquiring, and acquisition.

    B.       SEARCHING WITHIN DOCUMENT SECTIONS

    1.        Click on [+] Show, located under “Search within Document Sections”.

    2.        From the dropdown menu, choose the section you wish to search, e.g. Hlead (lead paragraph).

    C.       COMBINING SOURCES

    1.        Click on “Find More Sources” (to the right of Select Sources).

    2.        When you’ve located the first source, select “Save as a favorite”.

    3.        Click on “View”.  On the next screen, click on “Select More Sources”.

    4.        When you have finished selecting sources, click on OK-CONTINUE.

    D. WORKING WITH RESULTS

    1.        Results are displayed in list view, which gives the document citation.  To see the full text, click on the document title.  To view your terms highlighted, select Expanded List from the “View” dropdown menu.

    2.        To sort your results by relevance, select Relevance from the “Sort” dropdown menu.

    3.       To edit your search, click on “GO” to the right of “Next steps, Edit Search”.

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