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Homepage / Introducing… Factiva

Introducing… Factiva


Do you need access to international press? Take a look at Factiva.

Factiva provides access to over 100,000 full-text international press sources in 25 languages. Both local and national newspapers are included, along with a large quantity of newswires and trade journals. These can be searched using Factiva’s powerful search tool and comprehensive indexes.

Searching Factiva

The first search box you see on Factiva is the ‘Free Text Search’. You can enter your topic or company name, adjust the date range, and hit search. For more specificity, the free text search also allows you to define where you want your search terms to appear (see options at the bottom of the screen below).

If you want to perform a more advanced search, the second option – the ‘Search Form’ – allows you to include or exclude words and to search by phrase. Toggle between Free Text Search and the Search Form by clicking on the links on the left of the search boxes.

Using the filter options to refine your search:

Beneath your search box, as you can see above, Factiva has a list of filters that you can use to refine your search. Click on any of the headings to explore its functionality. ‘Source’ allows you to refine your search by publication group or a specific title. The other options (author, company, subject, industry and region) allow you to search for and select terms from Factiva’s index lists to add to your search.

  • To add an indexed term to your search, click once on the term. Selected terms will then appear highlighted in yellow.
  • To remove a term, click once on it and then select the option ‘remove’ (shown in blue).
  • To exclude a term, use the same step as above but select ‘Not’. <strong>This will cut out all items indexed with that term</strong> so please use it with care. Your search will be amended and the grey ‘and’ linking that term will change to ‘not’.
  • To edit the grey and/or buttons, click once on the button to change it. Click again to change it back.

Search results

Your results will appear in a list like this.

To open any article, click on its title. You can read online or download it. To download multiple articles at once, use the checkboxes on the left of the title and then select your preferred option from the row at the top.

Make sure that you always select a download option that includes ‘Article’ format for full-text.

Factiva can also be used to search for company information. See our separate post for more information.

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Karen Stokes

Written By: Karen Stokes

A Business Librarian since 2009, Karen leads support for the Cranfield MBA courses, both full-time and Executive.

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