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[edit] Easy Search vs. Power Search

The search form you use will always depend on your research needs. Generally speaking, when you need to do a simple search for a general idea, the Easy Search form is recommended. On the other hand, when you want to research something very specific, the Power Search form is recommended.

[edit] Easy Search

The default page of LexisNexis Scholastic is Easy Search. The Easy Search form was designed so that users could perform most of their research tasks on this form. Here you can:

  • Search the News by Publication
  • Find a Legal Case
  • Get Company information
  • Research People
  • Look up Congressional Bills
  • Look up State Bills.

Easy Search is a natural language search. Type in natural language, without terms like "PUBLICATION()" or "w/3" - the form will ignore these items.

This form is the most useful when you are browsing articles on a specific topic, or when you are doing preliminary research and want more general information. Links to more advanced search forms are available at the bottom of each widget. Help is available under the Help links provided. You can always return to this form by clicking the LexisNexis logo at the top left of every form.

[edit] Power Search

The other search form under the General Search tab is the Power Search. This form is recommended for precise, in-depth research. The default setting on this form is a terms and connectors search. Boolean style searching is encouraged while using Power Search.

To make your search even more powerful and precise, the Power Search form offers you many more ways to improve your results set. You can add LexisNexis SmartIndexing terms. Use the “Global Warming” index term to retrieve relevant articles, even when those exact words don’t appear in the article. You can use the “Search within Document Sections” option to search specific fields, for example when you’re looking for an article with the BYLINE of a certain author or an interview with a specific GUEST on a television or radio program.

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