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Use this guide to help you locate information in a number of different formats!

Finding Editorials

Academic Search Premier

  • Click on Advanced Search. Enter your search terms in the search box(es).
  • Go to the Limit your results section of the page and in the Document Type category select Editorial.
  • To view individual editorials click on the HTML Full Text or PDF Full Text links. 
    If neither of these links is included, an editorial is not full-text in this database and you will need to click on the Discover link.

LexisNexis Academic

  • Select the All News option in the News search box.
  • Enter your search term(s).
  • In the Article Type box select Editorials and Opinions.
  • Click Search.
  • Please note: All results retrieved in this database will be full text. Click on the newspaper name to view the accompanying editorial.

Editorials provide you with specific opinions or viewpoints on a given issue. As a rule, editorials focus on current, controversial topics. As you begin to search for information keep in mind the dates when your topic was of particular interest. You are most likely to get the best results in your search for topics of national, rather than local or regional, interest. When searching for editorials:

  • Avoid using the terms pro and con in your search, unless the issue frequently uses pro- or con- to identify supporters of the position (i.e. pro-life, pro-choice, anti-abortion).
  • Read the abstracts of the editorials, when available, as these will provide you with a brief summary of the writer's viewpoint.