LexisNexis Academic provides users with a wealth of presidential campaign coverage. This article will show you the best ways to find recent news, transcripts, and international news coverage.
Hot Topics Links
Use the Hot Topics Links on the Easy Search form for one-click news coverage. These links use LexisNexis SmartIndexing technology to build the most recent and relevant results for these Hot Topics. During Campaign 2012 season, you will see HotTopics links like:
- Barack Obama
- Mitt Romney
- US Presidential Election 2012
- Republican National Convention (August 26-August 29, 2012)
- Democratic National Convention (September 3-September 6, 2012)
Find All News Articles About Campaign 2012
The best way to find the most recent articles is to use the "US Presidential Election 2012" Hot Topics link. This link uses our "US Newspapers" aggregated source, a collection of all US Newspapers inside of Academic. The articles returned will be from the most recent 2 weeks.
If for some reason, you would like to find results from a different time period, click the "Edit Search" link in the top right of the results page, as seen below:
Then, click on the date range drop-down on the PowerSearch form to change the date range of the search:
- It is important to note that you will need to remove the "AND DATE>=%CURRDATE-14%" from the search box before you execute your next search.
Read What Their Home States Are Saying
Sometimes the newspapers from the candidates' home states will offer different perspectives or write with a deeper knowledge of specific issues. To search newspapers from a particular state, follow the directions below:
After clicking the sources tab...
- Select "News & Business Topics"
- Select United States from the drop down box. Then, another drop-down box will appear and populate with the states. Select the following states for the candidates:
- Barack Obama - Illinois
- Joe Biden - Delaware
- John McCain - Arizona
- Sarah Palin - Alaska
- Select the yellow "General News Sources" folder (the folder is not pictured here - the image shows the choices that appear after you click the folder)
Then, you can pick and choose which news sources you'd like to search through. After you select your sources, you will be directed to the Power Search form. From there, you can type your candidate in the search box or use the index term of your candidate's name to narrow your search.
Read What Other Countries Are Saying
On the Power Search form, use the Sources drop-down box to select "Major World Newspapers" or "Major World Pubs. (Non-English)", depending on the type of information you'd like to return. Notice that the Major World Newspapers will include US newspapers (On your results page, you can click on the "Geography" cluster to pick and choose which country you'd like to see results from.)
Use the index to add the term "US Presidential Election" to your search. You should also add other terms like the candidates names, particular topics, and a date range to narrow your search.
You can also click the News button and click on the Regional News search form. From there, you can pick a country or a world region to search within.