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Factiva User Guide

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Search Tips & Help

This is a guide on how to use Factiva.

Search Tips

  • Factiva defaults to the latest three months.  Be sure to select a data range.
  • Search terms need to be connected by "and" or another "operator" (see below).  Factiva automatically searches for terms without operators as phrases. 
  • The following punctuation marks are optional: hyphens, periods, apostrophes, commas, and the slash (/) character. For example, entering "coca-cola" will retrieve the same results as entering "Coca cola."
  • Use shortcuts such as by=author's name or sn=newspaper name (i.e. by=peggy noonan, sn=wall street journal)

 

Connector/operator

Use to identify items that contain....

and

All the words or phrases you enter.

technology spending

and Canada

or

One or more of the words you enter.

merger

or acquisition

not

Exclude items that contain these words.

software

not spreadsheets

same

Two words in the same paragraph.

vodafone

same

telecommunications

atleastn

Words mentioned more than once.

atleast5

Microsoft

Note: not available for Alerts

( ) (Parentheses)

Group words together.

press releases and (university or

instruction or courses)

* (asterisk)

Words with multiple endings of any length.

telecom*

Note: You must enter at least three characters before using *, and * must be entered at the end of a word only.

w/n

Words adjacent to each other in the order specified, within a certain number.

wireless

w/3 mobile

near/n

Words near another word in any order, within a certain number.

Carrefour

near5 retail sales

Print and Save

For printing or saving, select individual or multiple articles, then select  the desired icon from the toolbar.

The email function does not work.  It will let you send an email but the recepient will not be able to access the article.

Getting Help

If you have questions and/or problems searching Factiva, use our ASK US form