Answered By: Poping Lin
Last Updated: Oct 04, 2018     Views: 107

Factiva Search Tips for TOM Challenge


There are two commonly used ways to search within Factiva database for TOM Challenge. 

A. Using the Search Builder which is the default search page.

  • When entering your search terms, use Quotation marks to search for phrase
  • You can limit search results by using any of the following: 
    • use WC> to limit results to articles with word count, For example: "3D printing" AND wc>500.
    • Or, after typing keywords in the Free Text Search box, select Headline and Lead Paragraph from More Options dropdown menu.
    • The search date default is “In the last 3 monthes”, but can be changed to “In the last day,” “In the last week,” “In the last month.”
    • select filters of interest to focus your search. For example: select Wall Street Journal from the Source dropdown menu;  3D/4D printing from the Industry dropdown menu.
  • Refine the search result
    • once receiving the search result page, looking at the left column, under Sources, select the "click to exclude" icon when mouse-over the unwanted source to remove from search results. 

B. Using the News Pages.

  • Select the “News Pages” tab at the top bar of the database to search within leading business newspaper groups. There is a search box that allows you to enter a keyword/topic. 

If you find several articles that you want to save, check off the box next to each article, and export.

Please see Factiva's video clip for a detailed search instruction.  


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