LexisNexis Help

November 1, 2007 at 8:47 pm 2 comments

Tutorials

Searching Sources

LexisNexis Commands
(A shortcut list from LexisNexis is available here: LexisNexis Commands)

!
Ex. immigra! finds immigrant, immigrants, immigration, etc.

W/2
Ex. immigrants w/2 (new york)
Finds any articles that include both the words immigrants and new york within two words of each other. Good for increasing relevancy. NOTE: you can use any number (w/2, w/12, etc.)
Especially useful when searching for names that may have different variants. ex. (Hillary w/2 Clinton will find Hillary Clinton, Hillary R. Clinton, and Hillary Rodham Clinton.

atleast5
Ex. atleast5 (barack obama)
Finds articles where the phrase/name “barack obama” occurs at least 5 times; the idea here is that if the name occurs at least 5 times, hopefully the article is about him instead of just including random mentions of his name. NOTE: you can use any number (atleast2, atleast10, etc.)

A complete list of search connectors is available here.

Searching within Document Sections (Byline, Body, etc.)
Want to just search for articles by a specific writer (byline)? Just interested in seeing results from the headlines?
Here’s a video that shows two different ways to search by section: LexisNexis: Searching by Document Section

Searching Sections
Want to search for your terms in a section of a story? Use these shortcuts below in your search.
TIP: A great way to increase relevancy is to search for your terms in the headline or the hlead (headline, lead paragraph)

Ex: headline(barack obama)
headline
hlead
body
lead
byline
length (length should be used with a >, =, or< sign.)

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