Library Express Help: Accounting

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[edit] About the Accounting Search Form

The Accounting search form is part of the "Subject Area" search forms on LexisNexis Library Express. On this form, you can accomplish such tasks as:

  • Search accounting-specific publications
  • Search accounting reference material
  • Get Controller Reports

[edit] Search For

The "Search For" section allows you to input your own key terms. In these search boxes, you can put words or phrases that convey a particular topic. This is useful when you need to browse several articles on one topic. If you're looking for two or more terms, you can use the drop-down boxes included on the form to narrow or broaden your search. For example, "Corporation" OR "Partnership" to broaden your search. "Loss" NOT "Gain" to narrow your search.

On this section of the search form, the following connectors are available:

  • And
  • Or
  • Not
  • Within 5 Words
  • In the Same Paragraph as
  • In the Same Sentance as

[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] Specify Date

One of the most efficient ways to narrow your results set is by specifying the date. If you're researching a current accounting practice, 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] Specify Source

On the Accounting search form, you have two general options for sources. Your first option is to simply click the check boxes of those sources you'd like to search. Some sources have a Browse option that will let you see the source's Table of Contents.

Your other option is to use the "Browse Sources" links to navigate to the Source Directory. You may select the "Accounting & Tax" option from the "Industry" section on the Browse Sources form. From there, you can choose multiple specific sources to search within. For more instructions on the Source Directory, click here.

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