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- Boolean Operators, Truncation, and Other Connectors
- Searching for Articles Written by a Particular Author
- Searching a Specific Publication
- Browsing Most Recent Headlines
- Searching Specific Field Tags
- Searching in a Foreign Language
- E-mailing, Printing, and Saving
- Get Additional Help
|Description of the Database|
Factiva.com covers information on industries, public and private companies, business and management topics, current awareness information, and historical news.
1969-present; dates vary by publication
Select sources include various trade journals, Dow Jones, Reuters, the British Broadcasting Company, the National Broadcasting Company, Media General, Hoover's, and Knight Ridder.
Reasons for using Factiva
Alternative databases/differences from Factiva.com
User Guide (two-page PDF)
Boolean Operators, Truncation, and Other Connectors
|and||technology spending and canada finds items containing the words "technology spending" adjacent to one another, as well as the word "canada"|
|or||merger or acquisition finds items containing either "merger" or "acquisition"|
|not||software not spreadsheets finds items containing software, but excludes those containing spreadsheets|
|() Parentheses or  Brackets||select releases and (university or instruction, or courses) finds items about select releases related to universities, instruction, or courses|
|atleastn, where n is any number between 1 and 50||
atleast5 microsoft will return items with at least five
mentions of Microsoft
Note: Atleast works only in Search: Free-Text/Indexing, and not in Track.
|same||vodafone same telecommunications finds items containing "vodafone" in the same paragraph as "telecommunications"|
|w/n, where n is any number from 1 to 10||president w/2 bush finds items containing
"president" within 2 words of "Bush," where
"Bush" is the second word ("President Bush"
or "President George Bush")
Note: w/1 is assumed if a number is omitted.
|adjn, where n is any number from 1 to 10||world Cup adj5 rugby finds items containing
"World Cup" within 5 words of "rugby," where
"rugby" is the fifth word (0-4 words between)
Note: adj1 is assumed if a number is omitted.
|nearn, where n is any number from 1 to 500||carrefour near5 retail sales displays articles with the word "carrefour" not more than 5 words away from "retail sales," where "retail" is the fifth word (0-4 words between)|
|/Nn/, where n is any number from 1 to 500||boeing 747/N30/british airways finds articles containing the term "boeing 747" within 30 words of "british airways," where "British" is the 30th word (0-29 words between)|
|/Fn/, where n is any number from 1 to 500||toyota/F50/ will find articles with the
word "toyota" within the first 50 words of the article.
Note: /Fn/ works only in Search: Free-Text/Indexing, and not in Track.
|$n, where n is any number from 1 to 9||
earn$4 will find articles that contain any word with
the root "earn," including earnings, earns, or earned
Note: At least 3 characters must be typed before using the $ sign, and the $ sign must be entered at the end of a word only. $5 is assumed if a number is omitted.
|* (asterisk)||telecom* will find articles that contain
the root "telecom," including telecom, telecommunications,
telecommute, or telecommuting
Note: At least 3 characters must be typed before using the * sign, and the * sign must be entered at the end of a word only. No number is allowed following the truncation.
|?||globali?ation will find articles that contain
the words "globalization" or "globalisation."
Note: At least 3 characters must be typed before using the ? sign.
Searching for Articles Written by a Particular Author
|Step 1||Enter the author's name into the free-text box. If possible, enter the first and last names.|
|Step 2||Make sure you have selected the publication or publications for which the author writes. If you are unsure, go to Source on the main search screen and select All Sources. To find a particular source, see Searching a Specific Publication.|
|Step 3||In the "Search for free-text terms in" drop-down menu, select Author|
|Step 4||Select Run Search.|
- Punctuation is not required but can be used if desired. For example, the last name O'Connor can be entered with or without the apostrophe. A middle initial can be entered with or without a period after it.
- If you are unsure whether the author uses his or her full name, you can use truncation. For example, enter Jo$ Smith to search for Joe or Joseph Smith.
- If you are unsure whether the author uses a nickname, enter both names in parentheses, using or. For example, enter (Dorothy or Dotty) and Smith.
Searching a Specific Publication
|Step 1||From the Search screen, select Source.|
|Step 2||Type as much of the name of the source as you know, or enter a description. Example: To find all sources that primarily cover the energy industry, type energy in the text-entry box and press Enter. The sources that match your search will appear in alphabetical order.|
|Step 3||To view information about the title such as the availability of full articles, frequency, and the source code for field tag searching, click the "i".|
|Step 4||To add the sources to your search statement, highlight the source or sources. To exclude sources from your search, double click on the name to strike it out.|
|Step 5||To browse publications or Web sites by Title, Industry, Region, Type, or Language, select the appropriate list from the "Select Source Category" drop-down menu.|
In the main search screen, use Source Name field tag (sn=) to search the source name.
Alternatively, in Step 4 of Searching a Specific Publication , obtain the Source Code field tag (sc=) to search the source code.
To browse articles from a specific time period, use the Date option to enter a date range.
Searching Specific Field Tags(Select List)
|Field Name||Field Tag||Description|
|Art||art=||Captions, descriptions of graphics, etc.|
|Dow Jones Ticker Symbol*||co=||Company ticker symbol|
|Edition||ed=||Edition of Publication|
|Factiva Company Codes**||fds=||Factiva Company codes|
|Headline Group||hl=||Includes HD, SE, CLM|
|Headline/Lead Paragraph Group||hlp=||Includes HD, SE, CLM, LP, CX|
|Industry Code||in=||Industry codes|
|Language Code||la=||Document Language|
|Lead Paragraphs||lp=||First two paragraphs of a story|
|Page||pg=||Page of a publication|
|Notes/Reference||rf=||Notes associated with an article|
|Region Code||re=||Geographic Region codes|
|Source Code||sc=||Publication source code|
|Source Name||sn=||Publication source name|
|News Subject Code||ns=||News subject codes|
|Text||td=||Text of article after lead paragraphs|
|Volume||vol=||Volume and/or number of publication|
|Word Count||wc> wc<||All words found in the Headline and Text groups|
* Searchable fields, but not displayable fields
** Factiva Company Codes are searchable using the fds field tag, but are displayed in the CO field.
Searching in a Foreign Language
Factiva.com offers two methods for limiting a search to specific languages:
1. On the main search screen use the Language option to select specific languages or select All Languages.
2. If the Languages option is
set to All, language codes can be used in the free-text search
box to limit searches to specific language(s). This can be done using
the language field tag, la=. For example, searching la=bg
would limit your search to sources written in Bulgarian.
E-mailing, Printing, and Saving
Select individual or multiple items, then use the desired icon from the toolbar to View items in Rich Text Format, E-mail, Format for Printing, or Format for Saving.
Notes: Use browser version Internet Explorer 5.5 or higher.