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Searching databases might seem simple, but if you’re not up-to-date on commands, you might be falling way behind. Nexis® is already revolutionizing the way searches are conducted online, from offering unparalleled databases to building out automatic portfolios and alerts. However, if you’re unaware of the plethora of search tricks, you might not be getting the most you can out of your Nexis subscription.
While some of these commands are applicable to other search engines like Google, there are also a few Nexis-specific tips to be aware of. Read on for all the information you need to optimize your searches and improve your workflow all at once.
Use connectors — like AND and OR — to establish logical relationships between words. If connectors are not used, Nexis will use Natural Language searching. Here’s what these connectors do:
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Wildcards is a catch-all term for punctuation you might not otherwise think to use in searches, like question marks. These keys can help expand and specify your search, making it easier to find exactly what you’re looking for.
Precision search commands increase the accuracy and efficiency of your searches by forcing the Nexis® search engine to read search terms a certain way. These commands often work against the default settings of the LexisNexis® services.
For example, by default, the LexisNexis services are not case sensitive, but by incorporating certain precision search tools (allcaps, caps and nocaps), you can force the search engine to read capitalization.
If you want to find an exact phrase, put the phrase within quotation marks. If you don’t use quotation marks, Nexis automatically finds various forms of words. Nexis will search based on the root of the word and additional forms of the word like its plural form, possessive forms, or tense, and adjectival forms without having to use a wildcard or connector in your search.
Nexis will read all terms in quotes, including terms like “the", "an", and "a"—that were not previously searched against. For example, “Bank of America” will return the exact phrase “Bank of America”.
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Construct your search using the following format: command (search term). Common precision search commands include:
Operating like descriptors or fields, segments are search-able parts of a document. Some of the most commonly used of the many available segments are listed here. Incorporate segments, search terms, or date restrictions using connectors as needed.
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LexisNexis SmartIndexing Technology tags news, business, and legislative documents with the topics discussed within them. Because LexisNexis SmartIndexing Technology searches based on topic, you can find information about companies, industries, subjects, people, and locations whether or not they are explicitly mentioned in the document.
For example, search with the MERGERS & ACQUISITIONS index term and get on-point references, no matter what words the article uses to discuss mergers. No synonyms needed. Here are some other ways to use this technology:
With these search tools, and Nexis’s one-of-a-kind database, you’ll be able to enhance your searches and find results much faster and easier than with other engines. We recommend bookmarking this page so you can return to it when you’re struggling to narrow down a specific search, and get started searching with Nexis now.