Library Express Help: Government and Politics

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[edit] About the Search Form

The Government & Politics search form is located in the Subject Areas section of LexisNexis Library Express. Use this search form to accomplish such tasks as:

  • Search through political magazines
  • Read the White House Bulletin
  • Search through Current Issues for Congress

[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, like "lobbying." This is useful when you need to browse several articles on one topic. The Search For section also makes it easy to find articles that include more than one topic. For example you can type "Global Climate Change" in one box, then select "AND" from the drop-down box, and type "alternative energy" in another box. Use the other choices in the drop-down box like "OR", and "NOT" to narrow your results.

[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 event, 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] Select Source

On the Government & Politics search form, simply click the check boxes of those sources you'd like to search.

Your other option is to use the "Edit in Power Search" link to navigate to the Power Search form. From there, you can add Boolean operators to your search.

Also, use the "Browse Sources" or "Find Sources" links to navigate to the Source Directory. From there, you can choose multiple specific sources to search within. For more instructions on the Source Directory, click here.

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