Natural Language Searching

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==Search Forms==
 
==Search Forms==
Natural Language Searching used on two forms in LexisNexis Academic
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Natural Language Searching is the default search on all Search Forms inside Academic. A Boolean Search will run only if one of the following terms is used in the search:
* Search the News widget on the Easy Search form
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* Power Search form (as an option)
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and, not, not w/n, not w/para, or, pre/n, pre/, w/, not w/seg, not w/sent, w/n, w/p, w/seg, w/s, atleast, allcaps, caps, nocaps, plural, singular
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Also, if the user narrows their search by date, uses any of the options on the Advanced Section, or types in a segment like PUBLICATION(), the search will run as Boolean.
  
 
==Using Natural Language==
 
==Using Natural Language==
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* Want to supplement a terms and connectors search to ensure thorough results
 
* Want to supplement a terms and connectors search to ensure thorough results
  
Use [[Boolean Searching]] if you want a document from a specific source or source type, from a particular date range, or that uses your search terms in a particular way.  
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[[Boolean Searching]] is more useful if you want a document from a specific source or source type, from a particular date range, or that uses your search terms in a particular way.  
  
 
==Developing a Natural Language Search==
 
==Developing a Natural Language Search==
  
'''Note: Date restrictions, fielded searching, Boolean connectors such as AND and OR, and wildcard characters such as ! and * are not valid in natural language searches.'''
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To develop a useful natural language search, use terms that you might use when describing your research topic to another person. Then select the most important terms and phrases, and enter them in any order. To find articles about efforts in the fast food industry to use recyclable packaging, you might use this search:
 
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To develop a natural language search, use terms that you might use when describing your research topic to another person. Then select the most important terms and phrases, and enter them in any order. To find articles about efforts in the fast food industry to use recyclable packaging, you might use this search:
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     recycle package "fast food" trash  
 
     recycle package "fast food" trash  
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[[Category: Instruction Tools]]
 
[[Category: Instruction Tools]]
 
[[Category: FAQ]]
 
[[Category: FAQ]]
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[[Category: Interface Refresh]]

Latest revision as of 20:15, 22 December 2013