Research Session #2: Lexis Nexis Academic & Factiva
Posted on September 9, 2014
Lexis Nexis Academic — “Rich man’s Google.”
Archive of thousands of publications, including newspapers, magazines, newsletters, transcripts, major blogs, etc.
- Nexis’sCommands at-a-glance
- similar to Nexis
- Big advantage: Wall Street Journal.
- Disadvantage: no “search within.”
- Columbia University’s “cheat sheet” for Nexis and Factiva.
- CUNY J-School guides to Nexis and Factiva
Boolean operators: and, or
- Lexis and Factiva reads word next to each other as a phrase.
- Separate words with an and; and is the most important connecting word you can use.
- Your results will contain all the search terms you list.
Example: Boston Marathon Bombing victim is read as a phrase
Example: bloomberg and taxes
Example: Bushwick and gentrification
Example: (lawyer or attorney)
Example: illegal immigrants or undocumented immigrants
hlead — headline and lead paragraph
Lexis: Place search terms in parentheses after hlead
Example: hlead(airline and obesity)
Factiva: hlp=Place search terms here
! – truncation character or * – character
- (wildcard) command: use the exclamation point (!) or (*) character.
- replaces an infinite number of letters
- Useful when you don’t know how to spell something
Lexis: use the exclamation point (!)
legis! will find legislate, legislator, legislation, etc.
Example: Ste! Colbert will find both Stephen Colbert and Steven Colbert.
Example: Jack Sty! (Jack Styczynski was a former CUNY research professor)
Example: We also want to find Joe or Joseph Lhota. Jo! will find Joe, Joey, Joseph, etc.
Example: expan* (finds expand, expansion, expanding)
w/# — find # terms with two words of each other
- locate terms within a certain number of words near each other
- This command is helpful when you are searching for names with a middle initial you don’t know.
Lexis: w/#: w/2 means within 2 words; w/5 means within five words; w/s means within sentence; w/p within paragraph
Example: Search for two words within a # of words apart: mayor w/2 bloomberg
Example: “jo! w/2 lhota” will find Joseph J. Lhota, Joe “Cat Hater” Lhota, etc.
Example: Bedford-Sty! w/10 hip hop
Factiva: w/# or near#
- w/2 looks for terms in order — use near2 to find words near each other in any order.
Example: jo! near2 lhota
The “atleast#” command: allows you to find clips that include a word or phrase “at least” a certain number of times. You can put any number you choose after the “atleast” command.
Example: atleast5 baseball
Search for a byline
Lexis: Example: byline(lisa armstrong)
Factiva: Example: by=lisa armstrong
Search for a publication
Lexis: pub(publication name here)
Example: byline(paul krugman) and pub(New york times)
Factiva: sn=publication name here
Using Nexis and Factiva to find profiles
Nexis: length > 750
Example: hlead((william or bill) w/2 thompson) and atleast5(thompson) and length > 750
Factiva: wc > 750
Example: hlp=((william or bill) w/2 thompson) and atleast5 thompson and wc > 750