Football & racism: (1) News

18 Jan

A recent event on a football field nearby my hometown Milan gives me the opportunity to blog on a search tool and a theme that I discussed in previous posts, that is LexisNexis and race and sport.

Shortly, the facts: on last January 3rd a friendly match between Milan and Pro Patria, played in the latter’s stadium in Busto Arsizio, was abandoned after Milan’s Kevin-Prince Boateng walked off in protest at racist chanting from local fans. The rest of Milan players followed suit. The Guardian, amongst others, reported the news. What about other English newspapers? Let’s take a look at LexisNexis, beginning with the following print screen (click to enlarge).

lexisnexis news1

After having chosen for ‘News’ (1) and then for ‘All news’ (2), we will:
– formulate a simple query: ‘kevin prince boateng’ (3) (LexisNexis treats adjacent words as phrase by default) and search in ‘Headline & Lead’ (i.e. headline and first paragraph of an article);
– define the time limits: ‘date is between’ 03/01/2012 and 06/01/2012 (4);
– identify the information source: ‘All English News’ (5);

On the results page (see the following print screen) we can first limit the results to ‘Newspapers’ (6) and then refine further at title-level (7) (The Times, The Independent, The Guardian etc.). More edit/refine options are available (8).

lexisnexis news2

If choosing for one of the two articles from The Guardian, we will note that Racism in football: Milan players walk off pitch in racist chant protest (see the following print screen), published in the January 4th print issue of the newspaper, reproduces the January 3rd online version, yet provided with some LexisNexis tools that may prove specially convenient if using the database for a systematic search:
– print, mail, download, export bibliographic references, copy the permanent link (9);
– ‘find documents with similar topics’ (10), that is whether narrow the current search results (by ticking off terms from the list) or launch a new search (by using terms from the list as alternative or additional search terms).
lexisnexis news3


2 Responses to “Football & racism: (1) News”


  1. Football & racism: (2) Political discourse « bibliocw-soc - 30 January 2013

    […] post is a follow-up to the previous one, where footballer Kevin-Prince Boateng’s walking off in protest at racist chanting, […]

  2. The autumn of information literacy (2): subject search in LexisNexis | bibliocw-soc - 8 November 2013

    […] a specific search need (news on a topic, in the case of LexisNexis Academic), building both on older posts on this issue and on several questions from UvA students and staff I have been dealing with in the […]

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