In my last post about LexisNexis, I talked about using the General Search forms and the Power Search forms. You may also use the Content Specific Search forms which give you more control than the Easy search form and are simpler to use than the Power Search. The Content Specific Search is designed to search a particular type of information such as News or Business.
Let’s go through an example. When you enter the LexisNexis database, you will notice tabs at the top left of the screen. Click on any of the tabs to utilize the Content Specific Search forms. For instance, you need to search trade journals on the government regulation of the financial industry. Select the News tab and enter the words in the search box just as you would on the other search forms. You can either use the Natural Language setting, or Terms and Connectors setting. If you are comfortable using Boolean search strategies such as “and”, “or”, and “not”, use the Terms and Connectors setting as you would when using the Power Search form. In this case, our search phrase is “government regulation of the financial industry” and we are under the Natural Language setting. Next we will add index terms, which are listed by category, by expanding the options under “Add index terms”. You can select up to ten terms to add to your search. Lets add to our search “Banking and Finance” under the Industry category; “Business Forecasts” and “Business Operations” under the Subject or Section category; and “United States” under the Region category. Next, we will select a source for our search by choosing one from the Sources drop-down list. In this search, we will choose “Business News Publications” from the drop-down list. The last step is to choose a date range for our search. A good range for our topic is the “previous 3 months”. Finally, click on the search button located to the right of the search box to run our search.
This search yielded too many results, but we still have options to limit our results. Since we need trade journals for our sources, we can select “Industry Trade Press” under the groups on the left hand side of the screen. Now our results are all from industry trade journals and specifically address government regulation of the recent bailouts, executive compensation, legislation, etc.
I hope have you enjoyed this brief tutorial about using the Content Specific Search form in LexisNexis. Please feel free to leave any comments or questions.