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Published on October 5, 2007

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LexisNexis Academic Searching for News using: Quick News Search and Guided News Search:  LexisNexis Academic Searching for News using: Quick News Search and Guided News Search To search LexisNexis, I will need to start at the Rod Library Homepage. http://www.library.uni.edu/:  To search LexisNexis, I will need to start at the Rod Library Homepage. http://www.library.uni.edu/ I will then select Databases A-Z under Journal and Magazine Articles (Panther Prowler) from the Main Menu.:  I will then select Databases A-Z under Journal and Magazine Articles (Panther Prowler) from the Main Menu. I can then find the LexisNexis Academic database I need and select it.:  I can then find the LexisNexis Academic database I need and select it. I will be using LexisNexis Academic to do searches for news articles on the topic of ethics relating to campaign donations for state government offices. First of all I need to identify the terms I need for my search. I will start with these: ethics state government campaign donations:  I will be using LexisNexis Academic to do searches for news articles on the topic of ethics relating to campaign donations for state government offices. First of all I need to identify the terms I need for my search. I will start with these: ethics state government campaign donations This is the LexisNexis Quick News Search screen. I cannot use Boolean search operators such as and and or and I cannot truncate to receive the plural and singular forms of a word in this search mode.:  This is the LexisNexis Quick News Search screen. I cannot use Boolean search operators such as and and or and I cannot truncate to receive the plural and singular forms of a word in this search mode. This mode does allow phrase searching so I have typed “state government ethics” into the search box and selected Dates which include the Previous six months.:  This mode does allow phrase searching so I have typed “state government ethics” into the search box and selected Dates which include the Previous six months. I now have 12 entries with the phrase “state government ethics.” I will look at some of these to see if they are about campaign donations.:  I now have 12 entries with the phrase “state government ethics.” I will look at some of these to see if they are about campaign donations. I will click on the KWIC option at the top of the page. This will tell me what percent of each article is about my topic. Many of these articles are not about campaign donations. I will need to revise my search. I will click on Edit Search.:  I will click on the KWIC option at the top of the page. This will tell me what percent of each article is about my topic. Many of these articles are not about campaign donations. I will need to revise my search. I will click on Edit Search. It appears as though the only way I can edit this search is to add another word to my search phrase (which is not logical for this search) or increase the date range searched. What can I do now?:  It appears as though the only way I can edit this search is to add another word to my search phrase (which is not logical for this search) or increase the date range searched. What can I do now? I will select: LexisNexis Guided News Search:  I will select: LexisNexis Guided News Search First, I can select from among 13 News Categories, and seven different News Sources to search. :  First, I can select from among 13 News Categories, and seven different News Sources to search. The Guided News Search option also gives me three search boxes in which to type search terms instead of just one.:  The Guided News Search option also gives me three search boxes in which to type search terms instead of just one. In addition, this search allows me to specify in which area of the news article I would like search words to appear. (If a search word appears in the Headline, for example, it is more likely the article will be centered on that topic.):  In addition, this search allows me to specify in which area of the news article I would like search words to appear. (If a search word appears in the Headline, for example, it is more likely the article will be centered on that topic.) I can also select Boolean operators from the drop-down menu (on the left) to connect my search words or phrases.:  I can also select Boolean operators from the drop-down menu (on the left) to connect my search words or phrases. For my first search, I will choose General News and Major papers. I will type in my previous search state government ethics and add the phrase campaign donations.:  For my first search, I will choose General News and Major papers. I will type in my previous search state government ethics and add the phrase campaign donations. I did not get any results. I am either using the wrong terms to search or I need to search more than just the previous six months.:  I did not get any results. I am either using the wrong terms to search or I need to search more than just the previous six months. I have decided to search just for state government ethics and broaden my search from six months to a year.:  I have decided to search just for state government ethics and broaden my search from six months to a year. A quick look at a few of these entries using the KWIC tab tells me that many are about state ethics committees or commissions. Maybe I can refine my search to include those phrases.:  A quick look at a few of these entries using the KWIC tab tells me that many are about state ethics committees or commissions. Maybe I can refine my search to include those phrases. I will search again using the phrases ethics committee or ethics commission. I will move state government to another search box and search it as a separate term as it may not, necessarily, appear in a phrase with ethics.:  I will search again using the phrases ethics committee or ethics commission. I will move state government to another search box and search it as a separate term as it may not, necessarily, appear in a phrase with ethics. A quick check of a few of the entries tells me I am on the right track. I just need to narrow my entries to those about campaign donations.:  A quick check of a few of the entries tells me I am on the right track. I just need to narrow my entries to those about campaign donations. I have added the phrase campaign donations to the search.:  I have added the phrase campaign donations to the search. When I look at some of the entries from my new results set, I realize that the database is using campaign finance as a subject term. I will add that to my search.:  When I look at some of the entries from my new results set, I realize that the database is using campaign finance as a subject term. I will add that to my search. Here is my final search performed in the General News category on Major Papers sources for the Previous year.:  Here is my final search performed in the General News category on Major Papers sources for the Previous year. I started with the search terms ethics state government campaign donations I adjusted my search as I discovered new information. Here is my final search written as a Boolean phrase: (“ethics commission” or “ethics committee”) and “state government” and (“campaign donations” or “campaign finance”):  I started with the search terms ethics state government campaign donations I adjusted my search as I discovered new information. Here is my final search written as a Boolean phrase: (“ethics commission” or “ethics committee”) and “state government” and (“campaign donations” or “campaign finance”) Here are my final results. If I wanted to narrow this search results set still further, I have several options.:  Here are my final results. If I wanted to narrow this search results set still further, I have several options. I could do the search again on just articles from the Previous six months. However, I suspect that I would get more articles on this topic during or right after a campaign year.:  I could do the search again on just articles from the Previous six months. However, I suspect that I would get more articles on this topic during or right after a campaign year. Another option I have is to narrow the search further by using the FOCUS function. Here I have added the word Iowa.:  Another option I have is to narrow the search further by using the FOCUS function. Here I have added the word Iowa. I could also narrow my search by selecting U.S. News and then a specific area of the country such as the Midwest.:  I could also narrow my search by selecting U.S. News and then a specific area of the country such as the Midwest. If I needed more articles, I might want to repeat the search in the news Magazines and Journals source list. :  If I needed more articles, I might want to repeat the search in the news Magazines and Journals source list. I could also search for Transcripts of news broadcasts on this topic.:  I could also search for Transcripts of news broadcasts on this topic. For additional help in perfecting my search, I can also click on Tips in the upper right corner of the Quick News Search or the Guided News Search screens.:  For additional help in perfecting my search, I can also click on Tips in the upper right corner of the Quick News Search or the Guided News Search screens. To print off any of the articles in my search, I will click on the red, underlined source to call up the full text of the article and then use the File and Print choices from my browser. :  To print off any of the articles in my search, I will click on the red, underlined source to call up the full text of the article and then use the File and Print choices from my browser. If you have any further questions on searching for news articles in LexisNexis Academic, please stop at the Reference Desk. We will be happy to help you. 4/21/03 :  If you have any further questions on searching for news articles in LexisNexis Academic, please stop at the Reference Desk. We will be happy to help you. 4/21/03

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