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JOUR402 - Journalism Law and Ethics

Resources to support students taking Journalism 402 - Journalism Law and Ethics

Using Nexis Uni

Full-text news reporting from 1980-present from major national and international sources. To use the system off-campus, log in using your campus userid/password when prompted.

Nexis Uni Advanced Search Aids

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.

Looking for the Wall Street Journal?

The Wall Street Journal (a Dow Jones product) is not available in LexisNexis. A number of other business-related titles are included in LexisNexis. However, if you specifically need to find an article in the WSJ - you can find it by searching Factiva:

Option One - Using the Single Search Box And Advanced Search Features

The first option to search for news, and one that will allow you the most control over your search, is to use the Advanced Search function, and then select News from the "specific content" list.

You can enter a string of search terms in the search box either as individual terms, or using advanced search tools such as proximity or truncation:


Then you may :

  • Limit your search by date
  • Search for a specific source or limit to a specific type of material
  • Use Search Connectors and Commands to refine and narrow your search. [Note: Detailed information on connectors and commands can be found here.]

Finding Charts, Tables, Photos and Graphs

LexisNexis is full-text but does NOT contain charts, tables, graphs or photographs. Articles that originally had these items included within them will indicate this at the end of the record:

Lexis Chart, Table, Image Removed Screenshot

To view graphics such as charts, tables or graphs - you will need to locate the full-text of the original article. One way to do so is to check WorldCat UM for the name of the newspaper, and locate and view the original in print or microfilm.

Another option is to search for the publication and article of interest in ProQuest Historical Newspapers (linked below):