GPC Libraries -- Clarkston Library (JCLRC) -- Step by Step with LexisNexis

Step by Step with LexisNexis

LexisNexis is a large one hundred percent full text index that covers not only legal topics, but also any subject that makes its way into a newspaper's pages.

1. Before you touch the keyboard, think carefully about your topic. Most topics for college level papers can take the form of a short phrase. If your topic is just one word, you may need to elaborate on it and think about it some more. An example of a topic phrase is: the health effects of using a cell phone.

2. Look at your topic phrase. Look for single words that can become plurals such as cell phone and cell phones. Also look for synonyms and related words such as: hazards, dangers, or radiation for health. Write down several alternate versions of your topic phrase.

To search LexisNexis Complete via GALILEO, click the Databases L to Z tab just below the search box. Then select A in the alphabet list. Scroll down to LexisNexis and select it.

Picking Databases A-Z improved databases A-Z
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4. LexisNexis presents you with a large search box.

This is the LexisNexis search box 5.To search you can:

  • Write in a phrase as if you were talking to the database: Do cell phones cause cancer?

  • Copy the search statement you used with Academic Search Complete and similar databases "cell phones" AND cancer?" (Keep the "quotes" and UPPER CASE).

  • Try the Advanced Options to limit by date or build a more precise search.

6.  LexisNexis presents results twenty-five(25) at a time, in a frame that takes up most of the screen. LexisNexis sorts articles by relevance to bring what it thinks are the best articles to the top.

This is the screen of LexisNexis articles

7.  You can move among results with the scroll bar and move between pages with the small, blue or gray Previous and Next arrows or the small page numbers and arrows both at the bottom of the frame.

8.  To see the full text of any article in LexisNexis, click on its blue title.

9.  To print, email, or save an article or to get its persistent URL, click on the small icons in the top right corner of the article frame.   Print save or email LexisNexis articles.

10. If you are not happy with your search results, you can search with Advanced Options. To open Advanced Options click the label below the main search box.

11. Advanced Options let you limit results by date to get rid of older articles.

12. You can also search for words that are near each other or for synonyms with the Build Your Own Segment Search.

The Advanced Options tab
Selecting Articles by date

Note: if you use Advanced Options to edit a basic search you will have to write in that search again.