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From major world events to local business information, your business or research will benefit from being able to uncover emerging news, market, competitor and business information using one powerful database search. This article looks at Factiva, a news database available in British Library Reading Rooms at St Pancras, London, which meets this need.

What is Factiva?

Factiva is a powerful, up to the minute database providing in-depth news coverage and business intelligence. The majority of sources it offers are available in full text. Coverage goes back to the mid 1990s and includes:

  • Publications from 159 countries in 22 languages, 1,000 global and local newspapers, 6,500 magazines, 270+ newspapers from the UK, 160 media programs and 10,000 web sites
  • 30,000+ company reports, company background data on 42,000 listed companies and up to 25 years of historical market data
  • BBC News Monitoring Service and 120 continuously updated newswires, which deliver the news as it happens
  • European Union news page with a look up component designed for access to Celex, an archive of legislative and regulatory information about the EU.

What can I do with it?

Factiva's particular strength lies in its combination of high quality content and a powerful, easy to use search interface. It delivers precise, targeted search results.

It can be used to research markets and competitors, to track the fortunes of a company or industry and to discover the history of a named individual. Alongside this it provides timely, in-depth media coverage on a wide range of issues and topics.

The web 2.0 search option displays charts and graphs of the results to uncover trends, article timelines, top companies and people mentioned, and more (see screenshot image above). So your results give you more than just headlines.

How and where can I use it?

Factiva is a high-specification database and a subscription costs several thousand pounds a year, which is why most Universities and companies don't have it. The good news is that you can use it for free on computers inside the British Library's Reading Rooms in London, once you've got a Reader Pass. Unfortunately the publisher will not allow us to make it available outside our Business and IP Centre and Social Science Reading Rooms.

Getting started with Factiva

This resource is only available in the Business & IP Centre and Social Science Reading Room at the British Library, 96 Euston Road, London.

For help with this resource:

  • See staff at the Business and IP Centre or Social Science enquiry desk.
  • See the Help sheet and web links below.

Further reading

British Library Factiva Help sheet (PDF)

Factiva product information website

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