Scholastic Help: Blogs and Video

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[edit] About the Blogs and Video form

The Blogs & Video search form is located in the News section of LexisNexis Scholastic. On this form, you can accomplish tasks like:

  • Find Video Blogs and watch them directly in LexisNexis Scholastic
  • Search blogs for a particular topic
  • Search The New York Times or The Times of India Blogs
  • Search Twitter feeds for a particular topic

[edit] Search For

This form uses Boolean logic.

Boolean logic means you construct your search using individual terms joined by connectors such as "And" and "Or." If you are looking for stories about Hillary Clinton and simply search on "Hillary Clinton," LexisNexis will assume that you want to find documents in which those two words occur in that order and right next to each other. You will miss any document that refers to her as "Hillary Rodham Clinton." To find such documents you can enter the terms on separate lines and pick the "AND" or "within 5 words of" option from the drop down box for Connectors (see below). For more about connectors, see the article on Boolean Searching.

Note: Although quote marks are used in the examples, they are ignored in Boolean searches. If you want to search a phrase, simply enter it in a single text box and LexisNexis will assume you want the exact words in the exact order.

[edit] Connectors

The second and third input rows of in the Search For section start with a drop down box that lets you choose connectors when you have entered terms on more than one row. The connectors are:

  • And
  • Or
  • Not
  • Within 5 words of
  • In Same Sentence as
  • In Same Paragraph as

For an explanation of how these and the other available connectors work, and to learn about search techniques, see the article on Boolean Searching.

[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] Restrictions

The default "Everywhere" option in the drop down boxes at right will run a full-text search for the term(s) you have entered. See Scholastic Document Sections for more information.
You may restrict your search to the following search fields:

  • Everywhere
  • Blog Name
  • Author
  • Post Title & Lead
  • Subject Term
  • At Least 5 Occurrences

[edit] More Options

Use the "Edit in Power Search" link at the bottom of the form to copy your search into the Power Search form, where you will have more more flexibility and features, including the ability to add index terms, search in specific document sections, and use more complicated Boolean logic.

[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

Your first source option is to Search Video Blogs Only. Once this option is selected, all other options on the form are not available.
"All Blogs" is selected as the default source. This option will search all of the blogs available in LexisNexis Scholastic, including video blogs and Twitter feeds.

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