Session 5: Advanced Nexis and Factiva
By now you’re all experts at using Nexis and Factiva — right? But hey, even experts sometimes need a refresher.
Why we would use Nexis or Factiva instead of Google? Factors include precision, availability of archival news stories, and access to publications that are not freely available on the web.
|Headline or lead paragraph||hlead(terms)||hlp=terms|
|Boolean operators||and, or, and not||and, or, not|
|Proximity operators||w/5, pre/5, w/p||w/5, near5, same|
|Length||length > 1000||wc > 1000|
A recent real-life request from a New York Times reporter:
Here is a Nexis search strategy for finding previous incidents. Search by Content Type: News, then go to Advanced Options and select the news categories you’d like to use. Then try this:
hlead(sigma alpha epsilon) and atleast2(sigma alpha epsilon or sae) and raci! and (discipl! or ban! or barr! or expel! or expuls! or suspen! or shut! or sanction!)
Using a transcript search to find video clips
If you wanted to string together a bunch of quotes from Sen. Ted Cruz about Benghazi, you might use this strategy.
In Nexis: go to Search by Content Type: Broadcast Transcripts, and try this:
hlead(ted cruz) and atleast5(cruz) and cruz w/p benghazi
In Factiva: select subject Transcripts and try this:
hlp=(ted cruz) and atleast5 cruz and cruz same benghazi
Some quick tricks for Nexis and Factiva news searching
To find profiles, use one of these formulas:
Nexis: hlead(firstname pre/2 lastname) and atleast5(lastname) and length > 750
Factiva: hlp=(firstname w/2 lastname) and atleast5 lastname and wc > 750
For fast facts on a topic, try this search in Factiva (don’t forget to evaluate the sources): hlp=(factbox and topic)
Finding company information
Nexis: Search by Content Type: Company Dossier