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JOUR501 - Fundamentals of Writing and Editing

A guide to the UM Libraries and introduction to resources of use to students enrolled in Journalism 501.

LexisNexis Academic Main Search Screen

LexisNexis Advanced Search Aids

Within the single search box (not in the search widgets appearing on the bottom of the main LexisNexis screen) you can use the following search aids to refine your search:

/n command (where “n” equals any number you specify between 2 and 255)
Allows you to specify the number of words that appear between two search terms

A rule of thumb:

Use /2 when searching for a person's name:
George /2 Bush

Use /5 when searching for items in the same phrase: 
Hogan /5 budget*

Use /25 when searching for items in the same sentence:
keystone pipeline /25 drilling

Use /50 when searching for items in the same paragraph (NOTE: You can use /p instead of /50 for the same result)
higher education /50 funding
higher education /p funding


! symbol: truncation (multiple characters)
Example: A search of Econ! will result in entries including terms such as: Economic, Economics, Econometric, Econoline, etc.
[Note: You will need to watch for “false hits” when you use truncation! In the example above, results could also include such terms as Econoline, the automobile.]

* symbol: truncation (single character)
Example: A search of rain* will result in entries with rain, rains, rainy in the search results, but not rained.

Saving Your Results

A permanent link to an individual article may be copied by clicking on the paper/link icon on the item record:

Copy Document Link Screenshot

Items can also be emailed, downloaded or printed.

Items can be saved to Dropbox or Google Docs by clicking on the cloud icon on the item record:

Send To Cloud Screenshot

Learn more about Cloud storage on LexisNexis.