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CREATIVE WRITING: Finding News Articles

An introduction to Creative Writing research for University of Redlands students

This page will help you...

  • Use databases to find biographical information on writers.
  • Run a basic or advanced search in Nexis Uni.

Find writer biographies

Try some of these strategies to find information on living writers.

  • Check for statements by your writer on social media, on blogs or websites.
  • Check for interviews published in literary magazines such as Paris Review or online as a blog post, podcast, etc.
  • Check for articles about your writer written by journalists or literary critics
    • Use library databases such as Nexis Uni and Literature Resource Center to get around online paywalls
  • Search the library catalog for literary criticism published in scholarly articles and books.

Advanced searching in Nexis Uni

This video shows how to use Advanced Search forms in Nexis Uni.

Skip to 2:28 to see the News advanced search in action!

Nexis Uni search fields

Note that the important elements of this article, such as the headline and byline, are searchable in the Nexis Uni database. Here is how Nexis Uni presents these elements in search results.

Key points

  • Your search strategy for finding news articles (including biographical information) is likely to include both web searches and library databases such as Nexis Uni.
  • Nexis Uni's advanced news search lets you design precise searches, looking for words in the headline, byline, and other article elements.