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FAQs General Help Field Help Search Results Help

Can I perform a search from Source Locator? 
No, Source Locator is simply for seeing what publications/sources are available (and how soon after publication) on the LexisNexis services, as well as information about the sources, such as a description of coverage and publisher.

In the search results set, I don't see the publications for a particular state. Where are they? 
Click here for the answer.

Where are publications that begin with a number listed in the search results set? 
If the search results set includes such publications, such as 3D (from Information Access Company) or The 1997 Lawyer's Plum Book, click the link 1-10 that appears after the link for Z.

 

General Help Top of Page Field Help Search Results Help

Use the LexisNexis Source Locator to see what publications (sources) are available on the LexisNexis services. The form has several fields so you can search for broad categories of materials or a specific publication. Perhaps you want to make sure that a certain publication is available because you rely on it for your work. Or, you may want to know which publications are online the fastest because you want information on a particular subject as soon as it is available. 

The Field Help provides a few scenarios to help you get started. First, take a look at one of the simplest scenarios. Let's say you are in interested in how many publications are available for an industry, such as the banking industry. You simply enter the word "banking" in the Description field and the Search Results page shows the number of available publications and a list of the publication titles:

Search Results
To view information about a particular source
click on the name of that source below.

232 banking
167 Individual Sources Only

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z 1 - 10

ABA Banking Journal
ABA Section of Litigation Newsletters
Airline Business
American Banking
American Banker-Bond Buyers Newsletters
The American Lawyer
American Medical Information

From the Search Results screen, you can look at the specifics for a particular publication.  Click on the publication title to see the information:

Source Profile

The profile information includes some or all of these items, depending on the publication:

  • Library/File Location – The LexisNexis library name and file name for products using this classic library/file combination for searching
  • Source Selection Location – The LexisNexis path for products using this hierarchy for searching
  • Coverage – As available on the LexisNexis services
  • Frequency – The publisher’s schedule
  • Availability – How soon the source is available on the LexisNexis services after publication
  • Publisher
  • Provider – Included when the publication is received from a third-party vendor rather than directly from the publisher.
  • Description – Brief synopsis of the publication/source content.
  • Data Format – See the description for Data Format in the Field Help.

 

Field Help Top of Page Search Results Help General Help

If you do not make selections beyond the defaults, a listing of all sources appear in the Search Results. Of course, that would be quite unwieldy and not serve your interest of inquiry. To focus in on the publications (sources) that are of interest to you, use one or more fields. To get you started on combining fields, try out the sample scenarios below.

Topic Use to restrict the search result set to a specific topic/category of subject matter.

Scenario: Select Fact Finding and then press Submit to see all  publications for this topic.

Type Use to restrict the search result set to a specific type of publication.

Scenario: Continuing the scenario of using Fact Finding as the topic, you could also select Reference Materials as the type to see that subset of Fact Finding publications. Or, if you are interested in all reference materials, select All for Topic.

Publication Name Enter the publication name as it appears on the publication. The Source Locator is not case-sensitive so you don't need to capitalize the name.  However, the name must be exact. If you are not sure of the full name, enter just one of the words in the name. Or, enter a few of the words separated with the connector AND or OR or NOT (to exclude publications with the specified word that follows NOT). You may also use parentheses with the connectors; see example.

Scenario: You remember there is a broadcasting yearbook but you can't remember the exact title (the exact title is Broadcasting and Cable Yearbook). You can enter broadcasting or broadcasting AND yearbook and the results set will include Broadcasting and Cable Yearbook. However, if you enter broadcasting yearbook, the publication will not be found because the word "cable" appears between the two words in the exact name.

Publisher/Provider Use to find all publications by a specific publisher or third-party provider.You can use the connector AND or OR or NOT (to exclude publishers or providers with the specified word that follows NOT) to enter multiple names. However you cannot not use wildcards. When using connectors, you may also use parentheses; see example.
Description Enter a keyword (one that would appear in the publication) when you aren't sure of the publication name or when you want to further restrict the results set to a subject that wouldn't appear in a publication name. You can use the connector AND or OR NOT (to exclude publications with the specified word that follows NOT) to enter multiple names. However you cannot not use wildcards. When using connectors, you may also use parentheses; see example.

Scenario: You are interested in banking. You can select Company, Markets & Industry in the Topic field and enter banking in the description.

Geography Select a geographical region for materials written in or covering that region.
Language Select a language if you are looking for publications published in that language.
Frequency Use if you want to see which publications are published for a specific frequency. For instance, you may wish to see which daily publications are available. Or, you  may want to identify sources that are updated multiple times throughout the day (e.g., wire services) because you want to set up an ECLIPSE™ (automatic) search.
Availability Use if you want to see which publications are available by the specific period. For instance, you may want to see which Legislative Materials (Type) are available online within 24 hours.
Data Format You may wish to select one of these options:

Abstract (as provided by the publisher)
Full Text
Selected Full Text (publisher has eliminated some text)
Database (format used for most Public Records)
Multimedia (contains images such as in patents

LexisNexis Library and or LexisNexis Individual File If you are familiar with the Classic Library/File listings, you may wish to use this field to find publications by library or find a specific file.
Display Individual Sources or Display Individual and Group Sources Use the second option if you want to see the record for any associated group source. For example, you may want to see the record for curnws (current news) to see all the sources making up that group source.

Parentheses Example:

Parentheses change the ordering of the connectors AND, OR, and NOT. If you do not add parentheses, all ORs are processed before ANDs and NOTs (ANDs and NOTs are processed in the order they are entered). For example, if you enter times or post and magazine, they are processed (interpreted) as this: I'm looking for all publications that have either "times" or "post" in their name and also have "magazine" in their name. If you add parentheses so your entry looks like times or (post and magazine), your entry is processed as this: I'm looking for all publications that have "times" in their name or have both "post" and "magazine" in the name.

 

Search Results Help Top of Page General Help Field Help

The search results screen shows the number of publications for the topic (here, People) and the number of publications for the type (here, Magazines).

Search Results
To view information about a particular source
click on the name of that source below.

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z 1 - 10

1824 People
118 Magazines
117 Individual Sources Only

Working with the Search Results

NOTE: Some publications/sources are received from a third-party vendor rather than directly from the publisher. In the search results set, a source received from a third-party vendor is identified in parentheses as in this example:

Time (Business Dateline from UMI, Inc)

where Time is the group source, Business Dateline is the database, and UMI, INC is the third-party vendor.

  • To move quickly to a different section of the search results, click on one of the letters.
  • NOTE:  If the publication name begins with a full state name (e.g.,  as Nevada, New Mexico,  and New York), the publication is sorted alphabetically by the U.S. Postal Code.  Hence, publication names containing either Nevada or NV are located between NM/New Mexico and NY/New York publications.

  • To see a source's profile, click on the publication's name.
  • If the search results are a subset of a larger group and you want to see a listing of that group, click on that link. (See the example above where 118 Magazines indicates the results are a subset of the group People.)
  • If you do not make selections beyond the defaults, a listing of all sources appear in the Search Results.
  • If you do not have Adobe® Acrobat® (the full versions 3.0 or 4.0), you may wish to use the free Adobe® Acrobat® Reader 4.0 to work with the search results to access all the features of the PDF file format. The PDF format permits additional functions for paging and printing. It also provides a two-column format of the list. To learn more, click here.
  • Going Back to a Previous Page

  • From a publication profile, click on the BACK button to re-display the search results.
  • From the search results, click on BACK or Source Locator link (near top of page) to re-display the search form.


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