Academic Help: Company Profiles

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[edit] About Company Profiles Search Form

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The Company Profiles Form is located in the Companies section of LexisNexis Academic. On this form, you can accomplish such tasks as:

  • Searching only sources indexed as "Company Profiles"
  • Find an annual report
  • Find company profiles for public and private companies
  • Find company Bankruptcy information

[edit] Search For

This section of the search form will help you incorporate Boolean logic into your search string. This means that you will be able to search in a more precise manner and find better articles more effeciently.

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 "Coca Cola Co." and simply search on "Coca Cola Co," LexisNexis will assume that you want to find documents in which those two words occur in that order and right next to each other. 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.

[edit] Connectors

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:

  • And
  • Or
  • Not
  • 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.

[edit] 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.

[edit] Restrictions

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. The restriction choices are:

  • Everywhere
  • Company Name
  • Ticker
  • Address

[edit] Specify Date

One of the most efficient ways to narrow your results set is by specifying the date. If you're researching a current comany profile, 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.

[edit] Select Sources

On the Company Profiles search form, simply click the check boxes of those sources you'd like to search.

Your other option is to use the "Edit in Power Search" link to navigate to the Power Search form. From there, you can do things like use the PUBLICATION() string to search one single, specific publication within the Company Profiles aggregated sources.