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[edit] Blog Content On LexisNexis

LexisNexis gets blog content from Newstex, an aggregator of blog content. There are over 3,000 Newstex blogs included in LexisNexis Academic. Newstex has formal criteria for the selection and retention of blogs used in the service. The criteria address overall quality, consistency, update frequency, originality, and industry or subject area. The major subject areas covered by Newstex blogs are:

  • News
  • Business and Industry
  • Entertainment
  • Sports
  • Politics
  • Law

In addition to traditional text blogs, Newstex also provides video blogs. Directions for finding video blogs are given below.

[edit] Searching through Blogs in LexisNexis Academic

[edit] All News Search

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One of the easiest ways to find and search blogs is on the All News search form. As you can see in the image to the right, simply select "Blog and Web Publications" from the Select Sources drop-down box. That source will search:

  • Newstex Blogs
  • Web Publications, Combined

[edit] Example Searches

After you've selected the "Blog and Web Publications" Source, use the boxes at top of the form to narrow your search. For example, if you wanted to read a blog about political views on global warming, you would type "Global Warming" in the first box and select "in Subject Terms" from the drop-down box. In the next box, type "Politics" or perhaps a specific politician's name. If you want recent results, it's important to specify a date range, as well. Select "Previous Month" from the drop-down box for an excellent search.

Social Media and Haiti Social Networking has played a major role in the Haiti relief effort. Many charitable organizations have set up donation points from text messaging services, facebook, etc. The search below will return results from the "blogosphere" about social media and Haiti relief. Learn about how Social Media helped with Haiti by following this search:

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  1. Select Blog and Web Publications from the "Select Sources" drop-down
  2. Narrow your date range. In this example, Previous 3 months is chosen. As time passes, you may want to enter a more specific period of time.
  3. In the "Search For" section, type Haiti in the first box
  4. Choose the At Least 5 Occurences option
  5. Type "Social Media" or "Text Messages" or "Social Networking" in the second box provided. Leave the default set to Everywhere.




Twitter and Iran Elections Use the following search to find information and opinions from other bloggers about the use of Twitter during protest following the Iran Elections:

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  1. Select Blog and Web Publications from the "Select Sources" drop-down
  2. Narrow your date range. In this example, Previous year is chosen. As time passes, you may want to enter a more specific period of time.
  3. In the "Search For" section, type Twitter in the first box, Leave the default set to Everywhere
  4. Type Iran Elections in the second box provided.




NASA's adoption of Social Media Recently, NASA entered the world of Social Media by starting their own Twitter and Facebook page. NASA, like other government agencies, are attempting to become more accessible to the American people. Learn more about their efforts - and read some of them - by doing the following search:

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  1. Select Blog and Web Publications from the "Select Sources" drop-down
  2. Narrow your date range. In this example, Previous year is chosen. As time passes, you may want to enter a more specific period of time.
  3. In the "Search For" section, type NASA in the first box
  4. Choose the At Least 5 Occurences option
  5. Type "Social Media" or "Twitter" or "Facebook" in the second box provided. Leave the default set to Everywhere.

Tip:
After selecting Blog and Web Publications from the "Select Sources" drop-down, click the "Edit in Power Search" link on the bottom of the All News form. When you get to the Power Search form, type PUBLICATION(NASA) in the search box to see official NASA blogs and Twitter feeds.


[edit] Government and Politics Search

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In 2009, Newstex included the official blogs and Twitter feeds of all Congress members and most other Government Agencies. In addition to those sources, the "Government and Politics Blogs" source includes all of the syndicated Newstex blogs that are political in nature. To search blogs specifically about Government and Politics, go to the Government and Politics search form and check off the Blogs source as seen in the image to the right.

[edit] Finding Specific Blogs in LexisNexis Academic

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To find a specific blog, rely on the PUBLICATION segment, which holds the title of each blog or Twitter feed within the Newstex database. In the following example, you can use the directions to find the "Today with President Barack Obama" Twitter feed.

  • Click on the "Sources" Button in the Left Nav Bar
  • Click on the Find Sources link
  • Type "Newstex Blogs" in the Keyword search box and click the red Ok-Continue button
  • Select Newstex Blogs and click Ok-Continue to view the Power Search Form
  • Type PUBLICATION(Today with President Barack Obama via Twitter) in the "Search Terms" box
  • Run the search!

Note: If, as in the previous examples, you are starting from the All News search form and have selected "Blog and Web Publications" as your source you can simply use the "Edit in Power Search" link at the bottom of the All News form. This will open Power Search with Blogs and Web Publications selected as your source.

[edit] Finding Videos in LexisNexis Academic

Newstex also provides Video blogs that you can view right inside LexisNexis Academic! Follow the instructions above, except search "Newstex Video On Demand" in the Find Sources form.

From there, choose a specific blog that you know includes videos! For example, use the string: PUBLICATION(Wise Law Blog) or PUBLICATION(Wine Library TV)