Looking for News Transcripts?

Did you know that Lexis Nexis Academic indexes television transcripts from various news and media sources, such as CNN, MSNBC, NPR to the Congressional court hearings from CSPAN. You can find Lexis Nexis Academic through the CUNY-wide Databases located on the Research Center’s home page under Search Tools.

Once you access Lexis Nexis Academic, choose the News tab, and enter your keywords in the Search Terms field. Also, it is important that you make sure that you have chosen “Transcripts” as your source in the Sources field. When you do so, a drop down menu will appear, and you can select “All Transcripts,” or you may choose multiple or single news and media outlets that are available. Also, remember to specify a date range, if you are looking for recent information, as the default selection is for the previous three months.

After you have filled out your search terms, hit  the red “Search” button, you will be taken to your Search Results page, which will list all of your results, and on the left hand side menu, you can narrow your results by which news or media outlet, if needed.

Once you have selected your transcripts, you may email, print or save them, for future use.

Lastly, please keep in mind, that the transcripts are for the entire show, and if you are looking for a particular segment, the keywords that you entered will help guide you to that particular section.


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