Searching News Content in Nexis Uni

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Overview

Nexis Uni is a full-text database with access to news from U.S. and international newspapers, television and radio broadcasts, newswires, and blogs.

This tutorial will lead you through a sample search to help you learn how to find news stories on a topic.

Conduct a Search

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To begin, you will need to set up your search parameters.

Your Turn:

  • Select Advanced Search

                

   

 

Conduct a Search

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Your Turn:

  • Click the arrow next to Select a specific content type
  • Select News

   

Conduct a Search

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You will notice a number of fields.

Your Turn:

  • In the This Exact Phrase box type assistive technology
  • Click the Add↑ button      

 

Conduct a Search

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Once you click the Add↑ button, your search will appear at the top of the screen.

Phrase search

Conduct a Search

5 of 6You can limit your search to news content from a particular date or range of dates.

Your Turn:

  • Scroll down to locate the Date box

Date box

To find more recent articles, use the drop down arrow to select Date is after.

  • Type 08/01/2016 into the box

Date format

  • Now click Search (scroll down)

Conduct a Search

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How many search results did you get?

Refine Your Search

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Let's try refining your search!

Your Turn:

  • Click Advanced Search

        

Refine Your Search

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One way to focus your results is by searching for longer, more in-depth news stories. 

Your Turn:

  • Scroll down to locate the Length box
  • Leave it set to >(greater than) and type 500.
  • Click the Add↑ button
  • Now click Search

Refine Your Search

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Notice that this narrowed your number of search results. Let's try refining your search even more.

Your Turn

  • Click on Advanced Search again
  • At the bottom page, click Clear

Clear search

Refine Your Search

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The opening paragraph of a news story article is the "lead." The lead usually expresses the main idea, and it's a good way to locate the most relevant articles.

Your Turn:

  • Scroll to the top of the page
  • Click the arrow for Select a specific content type
  • Select News

Refine Your Search

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Your Turn:

Scroll to the middle of the search page to the Document Segments/Fields section.

Document Segment search

Notice that you can search in several different fields, including Title, Byline (who wrote the news item), Publication, and Section (for example, Opinion or Sports).

  • In the Headline and Lead Sections box, type "assistive technology."

Using the quotation marks will search this as a phrase.

Search headline-lead

Refine Your Search

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Searching for your keywords only in the headline/lead of the news stories and searching in a specific publication refines your search even more.

  • In the Publication box, type Washington Post

Publication search

  • Click Search

Access Articles

Your Turn:

  • Click on the article titled "Weekend inventors build tech for disabled"

In addition to reading the article you can also print, email, download, or send it to Google Drive using these icons above the article.

Email or print

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