Librarian Relations Consultant Research Tip: Search tips for refining results in News and Legal News content

Librarian Relations Consultant Research Tip: Search tips for refining results in News and Legal News content

The Lexis Advance service includes a comprehensive collection of over 27,000 news sources. At times, your results set will need to be refined to a manageable number of results. The Search Within Results option is a helpful tool to refine results, in addition to the following tips that utilize segments and search qualifiers.

In Legal News, search qualifiers can be helpful as well.

  • CAPS: one or more letters are capitalized; e.g., caps(apple) will retrieve Apple, but not apple
  • ALLCAPS: all letters must be capitalized; e.g., allcaps(aids) will retrieve AIDS, but not aids
  • NOCAPS: no letters capitalized; e.g., nocaps(apple) will retrieve apple, not Apple
  • ATLEAST command: used with the number 2 and above; use atleast5(tesla) or abbreviate it to atl5(tesla)
  • Combine the commands; e.g., atleast10(caps(apple))

 Article length in News sources: In news sources, the general rule is, the longer the article, the more in-depth it is.

  • The LENGTH segment is available in the Advanced Search template, or you may use LENGTH >, LENGTH <, or even LENGTH = (but for that last one you’d need a very specific number).

Note: a “feature” or in-depth news article is typically at least 900 – 1,000 words long.

  • Check that your general settings in Lexis Advance are set to display articles in News and Legal News in the order you want. Go to More (upper right of the screen), then click Settings. Scroll down to Default “Sort by” Settings.

You may need to click Add content types to add Legal News. Then when the content type is added, if the Sort By order is not to your liking, click into the Sort By box for that content type and change it. Be sure to save your changes.