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LexisNexis Academic is an enormous database containing the full text of articles from almost 15,000 newspapers from all all over the world, from approximately 1992 up to this morning's newspaper. Almost all well-known newspapers are included. It is often text only, but for an increasing share of articles there is also an image available, including graphics and photographs.You won't find personal announcements, advertisements etc.
You can search for separate articles on a subject. Virtual browsing through a newspaper of a certain day is not that easy.
LexisNexis Academic is much more complete in covering newspaper articles than for instance Google News. It also dates back further. It is an excellent database if you are looking for (old) news and background articles which were published over the years. Most Dutch regional newspapers are also included.
LexisNexis Academic has very advanced search options such as looking for the minimal length of articles. These options are different than you are used to in other databases. LexisNexis Academic supports export of title data etc. to RefWorks.
In the special LexisNexis Academic LibGuide you will find more information about this unique database.
What years are covered?
Although the interface claims "covers 1980 to today" it is better to say that for the major Dutch newspapers, coverage is from approximately 1992 to the present, including this morning's newspaper. Only for newspapers in English the archives contain older material, for some publications (New York Times, Washington Post, Globe & Mail) coverage dates back to 1980.
What newspapers and journals?
In addition to thousands of newspapers LexisNexis Academic also contains a number of newsmagazines. Dutch magazines include Vrij Nederland, Opzij, De Groene Amsterdammer and Elsevier.
And what other sources?
When you perform a combined search in LexisNexis Academic you also search in sources that give information about markets, countries and persons. It is important to know that this search method can yield a lot of unwanted results. This is because these sources are for a large part specifically American, British or French and also for these countries the selection is not very balanced. Therefore we recommend you to always use the box ´Search the news` under Easy search.
LexisNexis contains sources-newspapers from almost every country: here is a part of the Pakistani (English-language) sources.
LexisNexis Academic offers many professional options for specific searches. The diagram below may be of great use if you want to perform a specific search or want to record the development of certain processes during the last few decades
Use of operators (connectors) and wildcards
|"..."||exact phrase||"Kyoto agreement"|
|AND||both terms||clima! AND greenhouse!|
|OR||at least one of both terms||greenhouse* OR CO2|
|AND NOT||without the second term||KYoto AND NOT (CO2 or greenhouse!)|
|PRE/n||second term at most n words after the first||George PRE/2 Bush|
|W/n||terms up to n words from each other (up to 255)||clima! W/10 (greenhouse OR CO2)|
|W/s||words in the same sentence||clima! W/s greenhouse!|
|...!||word stem followed by any number of characters||clima!|
|...*...||one arbitrary character in the exact spot in term||globali*ation|
|NOT w/seg||without second term in the same section||clima! NOT w/SEG greenhouse!|
|NOT w/para||without second term in the same paragraph||clima! NOT/para greenhouse!|
|NOT w?sent||without second term in the same sentence||clima! NOT/sent greenhouse!|
|NOT W/n||without second term up to n words after the first||Kyoto NOT W/100 (CO2 OR greenhouse!)|
|(up to 255)|
|ATLEASTn||term occuring at least n times in document||ATLEAST5 (Kyoto)|
|ALLCAPS||term entirely in capitals||ALLCAPS (Kyoto)|
|CAPS||term with at least 1 capital somewhere in the term||CAPS (supervga)|
|NOCAPS||term only if it does not contain capitals||NOCAPS (aid)|
|PLURAL||term only in the plural||PLURAL (job)|
|SINGULAR||term only in the singular||SINGULAR (job)|
Search actions in certain fields in the search interface "all news" and "newspapers and wires"
Pre-selection of certain source types
Sometimes you may need exhaustive search results, for instance if you want to find out how and how many times a subject has been in the news through the years. In these cases you will have to combine all possible terms in a smart way.
Below you will find an example of a complex search query from a research conducted in Utrecht:
|((Alzheimer! OR dement!) AND (Biomarker! OR bloedtest! OR Hersenvocht! OR CSF! OR lumbaal! OR Ruggenmerg! OR ruggemerg OR ruggenprik! OR ruggeprilk! OR vroegdiagn! OR "vroege diagn!" OR "vroegsign!" OR "vroege sign!" OR MRI! OR "PET scan!" OR "vroege opsporing" OR "voorspell!" OR (beeldvorm! W/3 techni!) OR "beelddiagn!" OR "vroegtijdige diagn!" OR "moleculaire diagn!" OR "molecular imag!" OR "SPECT" OR "marker!" OR "detect!"))|
As you can see, you must come prepared. Think of:
More about search terms in the special Libguide Generating search terms
In the 'News' | 'All news' interface the menu offers an option to restrict your search to the title and first paragraph of articles.
Experienced users demanding more option may use the 'Power Search' interface that permits limiting your search to many different parts (segments) of the article.
For instance: HLEAD (langstudeerdersboete OR (boete! W/5 langstude!) to find all articles which have the word langstudeerboete (a fine if your studies take too many years) in the title or first paragraph or a word beginning with boete ( fine) which is up to 5 words away from a word beginning with langstude
Please note: in the pull-down menu the segment 'body' is missing, but that does not mean you cannot use it. If you would like articles in which the words Haarlem, Haarlems or Haarlemmer must occur but without all the articles published in Haarlems Dagblad, use the following method: BODY (Haarlem*)
In the LexisNexis wiki you will find complete lists of segment you can use to limit your search results