Multi-Language Indexing

Multi-Language Indexing

French & German Indexing

The power and precision offered by LexisNexis SmartIndexing Technology™ is also available in French and German.

How are French and German indexing terms created?
Each index term is individually hand-crafted to its target language. Native-speaking indexers create and test rules using the exact same tools and processes employed for English iIndexing. No automated translation is involved, thus ensuring against degradation of results.

When should LexisNexis SmartIndexing Technology™ be used for French and German languages?
Just like English indexing, multi-language indexing adds value to any search run against German- or French-language news & business content.  Some of the top reasons for using multi-language LexisNexis SmartIndexing Technology include:

  • Search German- or French-language sources with the same confidence you search English-language sources using LexisNexis SmartIndexing Technology.
  • Retrieve relevant articles in German or French, even if you don't know the language.
  • Find breaking news or trends about the European market before they hit the English-language press.
  • Compare U.S. and European coverage of the same news using parallel indexing topics across languages.
  • Research industries.  It's very difficult to build a keyword search that captures an entire industry–especially in a different business culture.  Take advantage of the LexisNexis SmartIndexing Technology industry terms developed by native speakers for each language market.

What topics are covered in French & German indexing?
French and German iIndexing consists of thousands of index terms covering a wide range of topics and places, just like English indexing.  New terms are added regularly, so check back for the latest updates.

Can I search companies and people in French and German?
Yes.  While company and people index terms display in English, the underlying rules include French and German variants.

Searching with French & German LexisNexis SmartIndexing Technology™

In Nexis®, build your search using the Index Term Lookup Tool, but select a French or German source.  The Nexis® system automatically searches a language-indepdendent code, returning relevant documents no matter whether the source is English (U.S. or UK), French or German.

Through®, use the following segments and connectors to launch your search:

French Indexing Segments
          VILLE (or CITY)
          REGION (or STATE)
          PAYS (or COUNTRY)

INDEXATION (or TERMS) includes all of the above segments

French Connectors
Use English-language connectors or their French-language equivalents when building your search.
          ET (or AND)
          OU (or OR)
          SAUF (or AND NOT)

German Indexing Segments
REGION (or GEOGRAPHIC) includes:
          STADT (or CITY)
          BUNDESLAND (or STATE)
          LAND (or COUNTRY)

SCHLAGWORT (or TERMS) includes all of the above segments

German Connectors
Use English-language connectors or their German-language equivalents when building your search.
          UND (or AND)
          ODER (or OR)
          NICHT (or AND NOT)

Relevance Scores
Just like in English, German and French indexing terms are tagged with relevance scores. The same search rules apply. To use a relevance score, type the appropriate syntax after the index term.

To find major references:
Add #85plus# to the index term and get anything tagged with 85% and above.

thema(öl- und gasindustrie #85plus# and "fusionen & akquisitionen" #85plus#)

Sample Searches
Retrieve major stories about mergers and acquisitions in the telecommunications industry:

sujet(fusion et acquisition #85plus# and télécommunication #85plus#)

thema("fusionen & akquisitionen" #85plus#) and telekommunikation #85plus#)


Retrieve stories that discuss both company profits and dividends:

sujet(bénéfice des sociétés and dividende)

thema(unternehmensgewinne and dividenden)


Retrieve major stories discussing economic indicators and Spain:

sujet(taux d'intérêt #85plus#) and pays(espagne #85plus#)

thema(zinsen #85plus#) and land(spanien #85plus#)


Send questions, feedback and suggestions for terms to theLexisNexis SmartIndexing Technology™ Team