When searching LexisNexis - it is important to be sure you are looking in the CORRECT place for information.
Keep the following tips in mind as you prepare to search Lexis:
Within the search box 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:
John /2 McCain
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, Economy, 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.