Academic Source Directory
The Sources Tab in LexisNexis Academic is an important resource if you're looking to instantly narrow your search results. You can search for specific sources or search for sources by a particular topic. This is extremely useful if you're new to research and don't know where to start.
Finding a Specific Source
The first way to find a specific source is to search for it in the "Find A Source" box. On the Browse Sources tab, the "Find a Source" box is in gray to the far right of the form. If you're searching for the "New York Times", simply type "New York Times" into the box and click the "Go" button.
The results set will then appear. As you see in the picture to the left, click on the small box next to the source (indicated by the blue arrow on the left side) and then click the red "OK-CONTINUE" button (indicated by the blue arrow on the right side) to search within that particular source.
From there, you will go to the PowerSearch form where you can add different index terms or search within different document sections, just like normal.
On the "Find Sources" tab, you can also type your source name into the #2 search box that says "Enter keywords and/or select categories to find matching sources." This will give you the same results.
Also on the "Find Sources" tab is the "Find Sources By Source Name" option. You can click on this button and find your source through the alphabetized list.
Finding a Source By Geographic Location
On the Browse Sources tab, in the #2 section, you will see the "Filter By Country" drop-down box. If you would like to see all the sources coming out of one country, select the country and click the red "OK-Continue" button to see the results set.
If you would like to see the sources in the United States, click "United States" in the country drop-down box and another box will appear. From there, you can pick sources by region or state. This is particularly useful when you are looking for hometown newspapers. You can also search all news publications from one state. Each state has an aggregated source with all of the news publications. If you wanted to search New York, look for the source called "New York News Sources" in your results list.
Finding a Source by Topic
On the Browse Sources tab, in the #1 section, you can pick whether you would like to search by publication type, news and business topics, industry, or area of law. Depending on the button you click, the yellow folders at #3 will change accordingly. The same can be accomplished in the #2 section. You will see the "Filter By Topics" drop-down box. Click there to see a list of News and Business Topics, Industries, and Areas of Law. This list and the folders from #1 contain the same topics.
On the Find Sources tab, you will find a similar set of options, but in boxes that will let you pick multiple topics at once. You can also find sources by Region of Coverage, Publication Language, and Frequency of Update here.