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Factiva provides access to top national and international newspapers, newswires, business journals, market research reports, and more.  It is the only database at the UT Libraries that provides full-text access to the Wall Street Journal.

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How to search in Factiva

  • When you enter Factiva, you will automatically be taken to the Search Builder page.

  • You will see a box for “Free Text Search.”  This is a great place to start – just enter your search term or terms and click on “Search.” 

  • To get pictures or another specific kind of search result, you can change the pull-down menu from “All Sources” to whatever you’re looking for.  You can also use the pull-down menu to specify the dates to search, ranging from the past day to all dates. 

  • Note: Factiva is limited to 12 users at a time, so it will log you out after a short period of inactivity.  Make sure you don’t get distracted, or you’ll have to restart your search.

Free Text Search in Factiva


  • Under the search box you will see a row of tabs that allow you to choose a type of results – publications (the default) web news, blogs, pictures, or multimedia.  You can also choose to sort your search results by date or by relevance. 

  • Your results will be presented as a list of links to full-text articles and reports.

  • To the left of the main results column is a column that displays graphic breakdowns of different categories of results your search returned and lets you narrow your results in a variety of ways.  You can choose to see only results pertaining to a specific company or industry, choose a pertinent keyword or news cluster to explore, or narrow by subject, source, or date range. 

  • When you click on a link for one of your results, the article will load into the column on the right.

  • To email, print, save or export an article, check the box to the left of its link in the middle panel.  Do this for all of the articles you would like to use, and then click the appropriate icon above the “Discovery Pane” to complete the action

Search Results in Factiva

Search Builder

  • If you have done background research and are ready to conduct an in-depth search, you can use the Search Form feature.  The link can be found under  Free Text Search.

  • With Search Form you will be given a series of boxes in which to organize your search terms to search multiple words, omit certain words, or search phrases. 

  • Below the form, you can narrow your results by choosing to search specific dates, sources, companies, subjects, industries, regions, languages and more.  If you need more flexibility in your search terms, try clicking on the Free Text Search tab

Search Form in Factiva

Finding Opinions and Editorials

  • Using the Search Builder is the best way to limit your search to opinions and editorials.  First, expand the Subject menu.  Then, click on the plus sign next to Content Types.  This will display a drop-down menu that lets you choose the kind of articles to search for.  You can now click on any of the content types to choose them for your search.  To find opinion pieces, you might try clicking on both “Commentary/Opinion” and “Editorial.”

  • Path: Search Builder > Subject > Content Types > Commentary/Opinion OR Editorial

Limit search to Editorials and Opinions


  • If you’re looking for topic ideas or want to browse the day’s headlines, click on the “News Pages” tab at the top of the page.  Here, you will see a virtual newsstand that allows you access to two weeks of content from The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and other major news sources. 

  • You can also search within the newsstand sources.


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