Academic Help: All News
Latest revision as of 09:34, 2 December 2010
 About the All News Search Form
Use the All News search form to search only the news. On this form, you can accomplish tasks like:
- Find an editorial
- Find an obituary
- Find news articles by author, headline, or subject
- Narrow results by date
- Search a specific newspaper or newspapers
- Search news transcripts
 Search For
This form uses Boolean logic.
Boolean logic means you construct your search using individual terms joined by connectors such as "And" and "Or." If you are looking for stories about Hillary Clinton and simply search on "Hillary Clinton," LexisNexis will assume that you want to find documents in which those two words occur in that order and right next to each other. You will miss any document that refers to her as "Hillary Rodham Clinton." To find such documents you can enter the terms on separate lines and pick the "AND" or "within 5 words of" option from the drop down box for Connectors (see below). For more about connectors, see the article on Boolean Searching.
Note: Although quote marks are used in the examples, they are ignored in Boolean searches. If you want to search a phrase, simply enter it in a single text box and LexisNexis will assume you want the exact words in the exact order.
The second and third input rows of in the Search For section start with a drop down box that lets you choose connectors when you have entered terms on more than one row. The connectors are:
- Within 5 words of
- In Same Sentence as
- In Same Paragraph as
For an explanation of how these and the other available connectors work, and to learn about search techniques, see the article on Boolean Searching.
 Search Terms
Sometimes called "keywords," the terms you enter in the text box will be matched against terms that occur in documents when your search is run. There are a few things you should know about entering terms on this form:
- Implied adjacency -- if you enter two or more words in the same box (with no connector), LexisNexis will assume you want to find documents in which those words occur together and in order. Entering "hot dog" will only find documents that mention hot dogs. Entering "hot AND dog" will find any document that has both these words, for example a story about a dog on a hot day.
- Automatic pluralization -- LexisNexis automatically searches plural forms of most nouns. You do not need to use wildcard characters to search for "dog" and "dogs," simply enter "dog" and LexisNexis will find both variations.
The default "Everywhere" option in the drop down boxes at right will run a full-text search for the term(s) you have entered. In some cases, you will get a much better result by restricting the search using one of the choices in the drop down box. For example, if you wanted to find Opinion pieces that Hillary Clinton has published in the New York Times, searching Everywhere will bring back thousands of false hits on stories that simply mention her. If you enter "Hillary" and pick "in Author" on the first row, and enter "Clinton" and pick "in Author" on the second row, the search will bring back only articles she wrote. (As described in the "Search Terms" section, you could also enter "Hillary AND Clinton" in a single text box, then pick "in Author.") The restriction choices are:
- Everywhere -- as the name implies, this option searches the full text of all documents
- Author -- searches only for words in the author or byline field
- Headline & Lead -- great for finding stories that focus on your topic, it searches the headline and first paragraph
- Subject Terms -- these are the key concepts contained in the article
- At least 5 Occurrences -- great way to find stories that mention your terms a lot
These are only the most commonly used types of restrictions. For more ways to focus your search, see the article on Academic Document Sections
 More Options
Use the "Edit in Power Search" link at the bottom of the form to copy your search into the Power Search form, where you will have more more flexibility and features, including the ability to add index terms, search in specific document sections, and use more complicated Boolean logic.
 Specify Date
One of the most efficient ways to narrow your results set is by specifying the date. If you're researching a current event, try narrowing the date to the last 6 months. If you're researching a past event, use the "Is Between..." option to set the dates yourself. Choosing a time period to search through will change your results drastically. You will be much more likely to find relevant results.
 Select Source
Selecting a specific source is another way to limit your results for a more precise set of search results. The All News search form provides two ways to search by source.
First, you can use the drop-down box to select a specific type of news publications. This is helpful if you would like to search through all of one particular type of publication, like newspapers. Your choices on the form are the following:
- Major World Publications
- Broadcast Transcripts
- Blogs and Web Publications
- All News (English)
Second, if you need to search one source, in particular, you may do so by typing the name of the source in the box provided. The example given is "New York Times." You can also find other group sources like "New York News Stories", which will search United States papers for stories about New York. These "News Stories" sources are available for each state. Check them out!
Your other option is to use the "Browse Sources" or "Find Sources" links to navigate to the Source Directory. From there, you can choose multiple specific sources to search within. For example, if you wanted to search "The New York Times" and "The Washington Post" at the same time, simply click the "Find Sources" link, select the sources, and go from there. For more instructions on the Source Directory, click here.
 Limit To
The "Limit To" section will allow you to limit your results to specific types of articles. For example, Editorials & Opinions, Deaths & Obituaries, or Book Reviews.
All of the articles inside LexisNexis Academic are indexed using SmartIndexing so that you can quickly find the types of articles you need. If you're looking for a review of the book, "The Time Traveler's Wife", for example, there is no need to search through all of the newspaper articles. Type "Time Traveler's Wife" in the search box. Then, click the box next to "Book Reviews" in the "Limit To" section to only search through the book reviews. That way, your results set will be reduced and you won't have to sort through articles you don't need.
 Article Location
The "Article Location" section will help you find articles about a geographic location. Select a country, state, or region from the radio buttons and drop-down boxes. Your search will bring back articles ABOUT that location.