Go to LexisNexis
- start at the Library home page
- click on the Articles/Databases tab
- type "lexisnexis academic" into the search box beside "Database Name"
- on the resulting page, click the "LexisNexis Academic" link
To find articles in the Hamilton Spectator:
- click the "Find" option next to Source Directory (top right)
- in the "Keyword" search box, type "hamilton spectator" and click "Find Sources"
- on the results page, under "Select sources below to search", tick the box beside "The Hamilton Spectator" and click "OK - Continue"
- Note: coverage for the Hamilton Spectator in LexisNexis is from October 07, 1991 through current
To find articles in Canadian newspapers:
- click the "Browse" option next to Source Directory (top of page)
- for #1, pick "Publication Type"
- for #2, "Filter by: Country"; from the dropdown choose "Canada"
- for #3, click "News" and choose "Newspapers"
- put a tick mark beside any or all newspapers that you want to search and click "OK - Continue"
Constructing a search
- on the search screen, type the words or phrases you want to find:
each search box (whether it be on the main page, or on any of the search forms in the Search By Content Type menu) defaults to a Natural Language search; type a question, a sentence, or a few descriptive terms in the search form to initiate this type of search; for example: water pollution
if Boolean connectors (e.g., AND, OR, AND NOT, etc.) are used to combine words and phrases in a search box, then a Boolean Search will be performed; also, if a search is refined using any of the Advanced Options options (e.g., by date, a segment/field, etc.), then the search will be run as Boolean; for example: pollution AND (water OR ocean OR lake)
- use the wildcard symbols ! and * to catch word variations:
- the exclamation point ! replaces more than one letter at the end of a search term; for example: bank! will find banks, banking, bankrupt, bankruptcy, etc.
- the asterisk * replaces one letter and can be used more than once in a word; it can be used anywhere EXCEPT as the first letter of a word; for example: organi*ation will find organization, organisation
- use quotation marks for an exact phrase, for example: "master chef"
Limiting a search
- use the Advanced Options
- specify a date or date range if desired
- select a segment (e.g. headline, geographic region, etc.) to search within a section, if desired
- on the results screen:
- sorting by "Relevance" should bring the most relevant articles to the top
- "Search within results" (top right) can be used to narrow your results to include more words
- "Result Groups" (on the left) can narrow your results by subject, geography, language, etc.