Have you Noticed that FOCUS™ has Changed?
In March, we implemented a change to the FOCUS feature that allowed users to FOCUS within an answer set which had already been narrowed using the FOCUS feature (nested focusing). Once an answer set had been narrowed using FOCUS, users had to click on the Exit FOCUS link to conduct additional FOCUS searches on the original answer set.
As of the beginning of July, users have both options—to conduct nested focusing (focus within a set of FOCUS results) and to conduct multiple FOCUS searches on the original answer set without having to Exit FOCUS.
The default is that your original search terms are not included in and highlighted in your FOCUS results. FOCUS preferences can be selected to display search terms and/or always search within the original results set. To set these preferences click on “Preferences” on the black toolbar in the upper-right of the lexis.com® screen. In the left column under “Results View” select Show FOCUS Bar, Display Terms, and Always Search Within Original Results.
With “nested focusing” I have the ability to remove words from the FOCUS search box if they are appearing too often within my results and my results will still include the words I have added to each layer of my FOCUS, they will just not appear bolded in my results.
An example: Searching Federal and State Expert Witness Filings, Combined for economist /s expert, I retrieve 408 results. My FOCUS is and los! /s (wage or earn! or income) with 121 results. The results are all relevant; but the Cite list is very long. If I remove the words added in my FOCUS, I still have 121 results with just the economist /s expert terms bolded.
For additional assistance in understanding these changes, please contact you Librarian Relations Consultant.