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Document Section - Descriptions of Common Sections

Document Sections, referred to as Segments in other LexisNexis Products, vary from source to source. There are four main categories of document sections:

  • Common Case Law Sections
  • Common Statutes Sections
  • Standard News Sections
  • Standard Financial Sections
  • Use the Source Information Icon () next to the Source name to view a list of document sections for a particular source.

    Note: The Source Information page for group sources does not contain a list of document sections.


    Standard News Sections

    The following list provides a description of the most commonly used news source document sections. Not all Sections appear in every document.

    Body: contains the text of a story.
    Byline: contains the name of the person or entity identified as the author of the document as well as any biographical information.
    Correction: contains the text of a correction issued by the publisher.
    Correction-date: provides the date that the correction was published. You can search and sort this section by date.
    Date: contains the publication date. You can search and sort this section by date.
    Dateline: contains the geographical location from which the story originated, and may also contain a filing date.
    Graphic: contains any information relating to pictures, illustrations, maps, cartoons, etc. associated with the document.
    Headline: contains all headings and subheadings that describe the story.
    Highlight: contains a brief summary that emphasizes the theme of the story.
    Hlead: comprises the HEADLINE, HIGHLIGHT, & LEAD Sections.
    Language: indicates the language in which the document appears online. For non-English documents, the data within the Section appears in English and the native language.
    Lead: contains the first few sentences or paragraphs of the story's text.
    Length: contains the approximate number of words in the body of a document. This Section is arithmetically searchable.
    Load-date: contains the date the document was loaded to a database. You can search and sort this section by date.
    Name: provides the name of the person that is the subject of the document.
    Publication: contains the copyright and publication name.
    Section: contains the name of the section and subsection of a document as well as the volume, issue and page number on which a document begins.
    Terms: includes one or more of the following sections:
    • Company - the company and organization term(s).
    • Country - the country term(s).
    • Geographic - the country and region terms.
    • Industry - the industry terms.
    • Keyword - the terms chosen by the vendor to "uniquely" identify the main story name.
    • Organization - the organization term(s).
    • Person - the names of the persons indexed in the document.
    • Product - the product terms.
    • Subject - the subject terms and the keywords.
    • Ticker - the ticker symbol.
    • Type - the descriptors classifying the subject matter of a document, i.e., Analysis, biography, Case Study, Editorial, Obituary, Review, etc.

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    Standard Financial Sections

    The following list provides a description of the most commonly used financial source document sections. Not all Sections appear in every document.

    Address: contains the address of the company described in the report. This Section contains the main address of where the company is located. ADDRESS is a group Section containing the following Sections: STREET, CITY, STATE, COUNTRY, ZIP, TELEPHONE and FAX.
    Assets: contains the assets portion of the balance sheet. This Section is arithmetically searchable.
    Auditor: contains the name of the auditor, and any information related to the auditor.
    Balance-sheet: comprises the Assets and Liabilitlies information in the Balance sheet.
    Cash: contains the Cash on hand reported in the ASSETS portion of the BALANCE SHEET. This section is arithmetically searchable.
    Company: contains the name of the company that is discussed in the document.
    Company-number: contains all company numbers, eg. DUNS, FORBES, CUSIP number, S&P ranking, etc... This Section is a group Section.
    Company-type: contains the general category or classification of a company ie., Industrial, Financial, Public Utilities, Private, Domestic, Foreign, Full Financial Coverage, FP Corporate Coverage, Exporter, Importer, etc.
    Counsel: contains the name of the legal counsel representing the company and any information associated with the counsel.
    Current-assets: contains the total current assets. It is part of the ASSETS group Section in the balance sheet. This Section is arithmetically searchable.
    Current-liab: contains the total Current liabilities. It is part of the ASSETS group Section in the BALANCE-SHEET. This Section is arithmetically searchable.
    Date: contains the publication date of the report. You can search and sort this section by date.
    Description: contains a broad description or overview of a company.
    Dividends: contains dividend information.
    Employees: contains the number of employees. This section is arithmetically searchable.
    EPS: contains the Earnings Per Share. This section is arithmetically searchable.
    Equity: contains a company's equity. This section is arithmetically searchable.
    Exchange: contains the exchange on which the company's stock is traded.
    Executives: contains the executives, directors, officers and CEO's of a company.
    FYE: contains the closing date of the fiscal year end. You can search and sort this section by date.
    Income-statement: contains a table containing income data over a certain period of time. This Section is a group Section of arithmetic Sections from an income statement.
    Incorporation: contains a place and date of incorporation.
    Industry: contains the industry name.
    Language: contains the language in which the document appears online. For non-English documents, the data within the Section appears in the native language.
    Length: contains the approximate number of words in the major textual Sections. This Section is arithmetically searchable.
    Liabilities: contains the liabilities portion of the balance sheet.
    Load-date: contains the date the document was loaded into the database. You can search and sort this section by date.
    Lterm-debt: contains the long term debt from the balance sheet. This Section is arithmetically searchable.
    NAICS: contains the company's NAICS codes and descriptors.
    Net-income: contains the net income. This Section is arithmetically searchable.
    Net-sales: contains the net sales for the current year. This Section is arithmetically searchable.
    Price-earnings: contains the price/earnings ratio. This Section is arithmetically searchable.
    PRI-SIC: contains the primary SIC code and its description.
    Properties: contains the textual description of property that a company owns.
    Publication: contains the copyright and publication name.
    Revenue: contains the total income, sales, etc. This Section is arithmetically searchable.
    ROA: contains the return on assets.This Section is arithmetically searchable.
    ROE: contains the return on investment (or Equity). This Section is arithmetically searchable.
    2ND-SIC: contains the secondary SIC code and its description.
    SIC: contains the primary and secondary SIC codes and descriptions.
    Source: contains the source for report or document.
    Stock-info: contains the stock price and premium information as well as any other information relating to the stock.
    Stock-price: contains the high, low and closing stock price for the most recent year.
    Subsidaries: contains the names of a company's subsidiaries.
    Ticker: contains the ticker symbol.
    Total-assets: contains the total assets of the company. This Section is arithmetically searchable.
    Total-equity: contains the total equity of the company. This Section is arithmetically searchable.
    Total-income: contains the total income from income statement. This Section is arithmetically searchable.
    Total-Liab: contains the total liabilities in currency of the company from Balance Sheet. This Section is arithmetically searchable.
    Total-property: contains the total properties from the ASSETS portion of the balance sheet. This Section is arithmetically searchable.
    Total-sales: contains the total sales for the current year. This segment is arithmetically searchable.

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