Using the database: Lexis-Nexis Academic Scene 1: Lexis-Nexis Academic The Criss Library subscribes to over 100 electronic indexes and databases. Some databases provide a general overview of a broad range of topics while other databases are more subject specific and in- depth. This tutorial will demonstrate the use of a database called, Lexis-Nexis Academic. Lexis-Nexis Academic provides many types of information including statistical, congressional, medical, business, and legal. Also, local, regional, national, and international news sources are indexed in Lexis-Nexis Academic. The primary focus of this tutorial will be finding news sources. Scene 2: Finding Lexis To access Lexis-Nexis Academic, start at the Library's homepage. Select one of the following access points: There is a link listed in the "Popular Database Links" drop-down menu. There is another link provided on the "Full List" of all databases, or you can use the "Select a database" drop-down menu. Scene 3: Lexis interface Here is the Lexis-Nexis Academic interface. To begin searching the database, click on the "Power Search" tab. Scene 4: Power Search The "Power Search" option allows you to refine a search strategy to retrieve more relevant results. Notice that to conduct a search Lexis-Nexis Academic requires that you complete three steps: The first step is to enter your search terms in the search box provided. Next, choose your desired sources using the “Select Sources” drop-down menu. Finally, refine your search to a specific date range using the “Specify Dates” drop-down menu. Scene 5: View Connectors link When entering search terms, you can combine them by using special connecting words to refine your search. To learn more about these connecting words, click on the "View Connectors" link. Scene 6: Search Connectors The "Search Connectors and Commands" page describes how to refine your search including connecting words such as the word “AND" the word "OR" and the words "AND NOT" between your search terms. Another name for this method of combining search terms is called "Boolean searching." This page also provides an option to learn more about "Developing a Search." Let's return the "Power Search" page. Scene 7: Add Keywords links Click on the "Add keywords (Index Terms) to your search..." link to find the most appropriate search terms for your search. Scene 8: Lexis Terms Lookup The "Lexis-Nexis Index Terms Lookup" page displays how a keyword or keywords you selected are categorized in Lexis-Nexis Academic. The categories are Company, Industry, Subject, and Geography with a default of "All terms." For example, when I type in the word “church,” I retrieve companies whose name includes the word “Church,” affiliated church industries, and the subject heading “church” which includes a link for “Church and State.” Let's return to the "Power Search" page. Scene 9: Power Search settings After entering your search terms, use the "Select Sources" drop-down menu to select from a list of available sources. Notice how the scope includes local, regional, national and international news and wire services. Clicking on the "Show" link will allow you to select what section of the document will be searched, such as the body, headline, dateline, etc. This is useful when you need to broaden or narrow your result list. Next, use the "Specify Date" drop-down menu to select a specific date or date range to narrow your search. You may search for items published as recently as today, or as far back as the late 1970’s. Scene 10: Search review Let’s review our sample search: I entered the search terms, “church,” “state,” and “ten commandments” and inserted the connector word AND. I selected "U.S. Newspapers and Wires" as a source, and specified a date range within the previous month. Let's start the Search. Scene 11: Search result page Here is a result list in Lexis-Nexis Academic. Each result shows the headline of the news article, the news sources in which it was published, the date it was published, the section and page numbers of the newspaper in which it was published, the length of the article, and the author of the article. To access the full-text of a news article, click on the red title of the result. Scene 12: Result article Here is the full-text of the article. Notice your search terms appear in red in the body of the article. Lexis-Nexis Academic allows you to print, e-mail, and save either the article's citation or the entire article. It also allows you to export bibliographic references to Refworks. Scene 13: Other Viewing Options Returning to the result list, click here to see other result list viewing options. They include List, Expanded List, Full Document, Full with Indexing, Custom, and KWIC. Select KWIC to see keywords in context. Scene 14: Assistance Contact This concludes the Lexis-Nexis Academic tutorial. For further assistance with this database or any research questions, please contact the Reference Desk at 554-2661.
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