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Starting a search

After you've set up an account at LexisNexis, you login to the service at its website using your ID and password.

By default, you'll be directed to the Easy Search page, which is for very basic searches.

I do not recommend using Easy Search, because it limits your ability to do more refined queries.

Instead click on the link on the top left for:

Power Search

This guide is based on using the Power Search feature.

At the Power Search page you'll see three main sections in the center area of the screen:

  • Search terms - a box into which you type your search words.
  • Sources - a pull-down menu you use to select the information source you want to search.
  • Options - several different options for further refining your search, such as narrowing the date range on news stories to be searched.