SOC WEL 112: Social Welfare Policy

Lexis Nexis Tips

  1. Use truncation (wildcard) to search different forms of the word (child* retrieves child, child's, children)
  2. Use 'proximity connectors' -- w/[number], for example (youth or adolescent or teen*) w/25 homeless*. (You can also use w/s for within sentence, or w/p for within paragraph but you can't also combine these with number of words.
  3. Change the display to Expanded List -- shows you your search terms, plus a few words on either side.
  4. Change display to Relevance if it is on Chronological (if date is really important to you, restrict to the date range you want in the search box).

News Sources

News sources can be a great way to find information about  federal and state social and educational policies. There are numerous sources of fulltext news, some available freely on the web. The ones below are all databases that we pay for, they each have specialized features.

  • LexisNexis Academic
    Over 6,000 individual titles of international, national and local newspapers and wire services.
  • Ethnic News Watch
    Over 200 ethnic, minority, and native press publications -- a great way to uncover information that may not appear in the mainstream press.
  • GenderWatch
    Newspapers, magazines, academic journals, and more that focus on gender across a broad spectrum of subject areas.
  • Factiva
    General and business news and information from more than 9,000 sources.Includes The Wall Street Journal and the Associated Press.
  • ProQuest Newspapers
    New York Times (1999-present), Los Angeles Times (1985-present), Wall Street Journal (1982-present).
Last Update: February 04, 2014 14:17