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Research Module Two

Using Business Source Complete

For Professor Wendt's course you will be required to locate a number of journal, magazine, and newspaper articles, as well as video and World Wide Web resources. This second module will help you understand how to search the databases Business Source Complete and LexisNexis. Business Source Complete is a great source for academic journal articles related to business and economic topics. It also contains magazine articles, articles from trade publications, country reports, and market reports. LexisNexis is one of the best sources for current business-related information, as well as government and politics and legal news.

If you have questions about research, please feel free to contact Michael Alewine for assistance.

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Michael Alewine
Outreach/Distance Education Librarian
Email: michael.alewine@uncp.edu
Phone: 910.522.5743

Accessing Business Source Complete

Start at the Library's homepage - http://www.uncp.edu/library/

Next, click the Electronic Resources link (see image below)

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Select the Business & Economics subject page from the pull-down menu (see image below)

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Business & Economics Subject Page

When the subject page opens, take a moment to look at the various resources listed. Also, click the About links to see descriptions of the resources. Click the Business Source Complete link (see image below)

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Off-Campus Access

In order to access databases from off campus, you must create a library PIN (password). Please read the following two brief guides (the free Adobe Reader is required):

1. Creating a Personal Identification Number (PIN)

2. Accessing Electronic Resources from Off Campus

IF YOU CANNOT ACCESS DATABASES FROM OFF CAMPUS THEN CONTACT THE REFERENCE DESK AT 910.521.6656

Advanced Keyword Search

The database opens to the Advanced Search window (see image below).

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Use the three Find boxes to experiment with different sets of keywords. The boxes are automatically grouped using AND (e.g., wall street and ethics). You can also expand your searches by using OR between keywords (e.g., oil or petroleum). Also, you can truncate words using the asterisk * (click the Shift key and 8 key). This allows you to search multiple endings of words (e.g., Finan* = finance, financed, financial, financing, etc.).

Keywords: Do not search for topics by using long strings of words. Instead take the most important concepts and group them using AND. This will also help you to narrow the focus of your research.

Example, if you were trying to locate information concerning oil production and any related supply chain issues, you would enter oil in the first box; enter production or refin* in the second box; and enter supply or supply chain in the third box. There is already an AND in between each search box. Also, make sure that you limit to full-text articles. Click the Search button (see image below).

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The Results List

Articles in the results list are arranged by date published with the most recent articles listed first. The list displays ten results on each page. To see the next page of results, click the Next link. Articles are available as PDF (scanned images), HTML (text articles), or Linked Full Text (meaning the article is located in another database). This particular search yielded more than 3,500 results (see image below).

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Changing the Sort of the Results

The default sort of the results is by date. There are times when having the most recent articles at the top of the listed is useful, especially if you are researching something very recent, but most often it is better to change the sort to "Relevance" - meaning the articles that best match your keywords will be moved to the top of the list. To change the sort simply use the pull-down menu and select Relevance (see image below).

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The results will now be reorganized and each article will be given a relevancy designation by the system (see the green bars in the image below). The more green bars, then the more relevant the article is to your keywords. But, also note that the results are no longer in order by date. There are some recent articles from 2008, but you can also see that the first article is from 2004 and the fourth article is from 1956, so you will need to pay close attention to the publication dates.

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Narrowing the Focus

One of the best ways to narrow the focus of your search is by using the linked subject headings on the left side of the window. In our example search (see image below), we can reduce the number of results by clicking the SUPPLY & demand link. Instead of over 3,500 results, there are now only 795 articles. You can keep limiting by clicking addition subject headings. Click the More link to see even more linked subject headings.

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Accessing the Complete Article

To access a full-text article, either click an article title or click the full-text link directly (see image below). Note: it is better to click the article title, so that you can view the citation information and article abstract first.

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Print, Email, Save

Simply select and click the corresponding icon above the citation to either print, email, or save the complete article (see image below). Note: when you email a PDF article, it will come as an attachment.

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Accessing LexisNexis

Just like Business Source Complete, you access LexisNexis from the Business & Economics subject page. Click the LexisNexis Academic Universe link (see image below).

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LexisNexis News Search

First, you need to select the news search by clicking the News tab (see image below).

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You then need to click the All News link (see image below).

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Just like Business Source Complete, this database has three find boxes. You can narrow the focus using AND, and you can expand using OR. It is important to remember to set your date range when searching this database. Start by limiting to Previous 6 months (depending on your individual topic). The date range can greatly affect the number of results for a given search. Also, select US Newspapers and Wires to limit out international coverage (e.g., mortgage crisis in Kenya. etc.). Then click the Search button (see image below).

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If your search achieves a high number of results, you will receive a warning box. Simply click the Retrieve Results button (see image below).

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The Results List

Articles in the results list are arranged by relevance (not date). The list displays 25 results on each page. To see the next page of results, click the Next arrow or linked page numbers (see image below).

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Accessing the Complete Article

To access a full-text article, click an article title (see image above). All articles are plain text HTML articles (see image below). Click the Results tab to return to the results list.

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Print, Email, Save

Simply select and click the corresponding icon above the citation to either print, email, or save the complete article (see image below).

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Narrowing the Focus

One of the best ways to narrow the focus of your search in LexisNexis is to Search within results using additional keywords. In example, we will continue to refine our original search by concentrating on subprime loans (see image below).

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Now, instead of almost 1,000 results, there are less than 200 articles dealing specifically with the subprime mortgage issue.

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