Searching News Content in LexisNexis Academic

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What is LexisNexis?

LexisNexis Academic is a full-text database with access to items from U.S. and international newspapers. 

It also includes material from magazines, newswires, and blogs.

Basic Search

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Your Research Scenario:

For this tutorial, you will be searching for information on the topic of Google Glass and privacy issues.

               

LexisNexis defaults to a search of all types of material, but we only want to focus on news.

Your Turn:

  • Use the Search By Content Type drop-down menu to select All News
  • Enter the keywords Google Glass
  • Click Search

Basic Search

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You should get around 1000 results.

Since we are interested in privacy issues surrounding Google Glass, let's add that.

Your Turn:

  • In the Search within results box, enter privacy
  • Click Go

      

Basic Search

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What just happened to your results?

 

Information Sources

1 of 2Let's take a closer look at your sources.

The Results Group menu to the left of the results, displays the types of materials you searched.

Your Turn:

  • Click Newspapers to only include this format in your results
  • Scroll through this list to view all the newspapers you are searching

Information Sources

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Which two newspapers have the most article on your topic?

Access Articles

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Let's access one for our articles.

Your Turn:

  • Click on the article titled Google Glass: Cool or creepy?

The full-text of the article should be displayed.

In addition to reading the article you can also email it, download, or print it using these icons:

         

 

Access Articles

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Your Turn:

  • Click on the cloud/arrow icon

        

You can send the article directly to the cloud to either your Dropbox or Google Drive accounts.

Access Articles

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Look at some of the other options in this pop-up cloud window.

In how many different formats can you send an article?

Advanced Search

1 of 6If you are looking for more precise results, LexisNexis has a number of advanced search options.

Your Turn:

  • Click the Edit Search link at the top of the page

       

  • Make sure you are still conducting an All News Search
  • Clear any words in  the search box
  • Click Advanced Options below the search box

Advanced Search

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Google Glass was not developed until mid-2011, so first change the date.

Your Turn:

  • Under Date, click the From calendar and change the year to 2011
  • Select any day of the month
  • Click the to calendar and choose today's dates

 

Advanced Search

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LexisNexis allows you to search specific areas of an article such as the byline or the headline.

Your Turn:

  • Using the Build Your Own Segment Search, select Headline as your segment
  • Enter Google Glass in the parentheses
  • Next, click the And button
  • After And enter privacy

              

Advanced Search

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Which statement about your segment search is correct?

Advanced Search

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You're almost done!

Instead of searching for any type of article, let's  just look for editorials. 

Your Turn:

  • Under Article Type, check Editorials & Opinions
  • Click Apply at the bottom

               

  •  Click Search

Advanced Search

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You should have less than 10 results.

Note that at all of these results are either an opinion piece or an editorial.

All Done!

You have completed this introductory tutorial to LexisNexis.

Feel free to explore the database and learn more about how it can help you in your research.

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