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Parrish Library Database of the Week: Factiva, from Dow Jones

October 31st, 2014

Welcome to Database of the Week.  This feature from the Roland G. Parrish Library of Management & Economics is intended to give you a brief introduction to a database that you may not know, with only basic information to get you started.  Hopefully, you will be tempted to explore this or other databases.

This Week’s Featured Database:  Factiva, from Dow Jones.

Find it:, Under the column headed Collections, click on List of Business Databases.

Description/focus:  News, company, and market information.

Start with this hint:  The Factiva link from our list lands on the Search Builder page, which is for an advanced search. Click on Home for a simple search with options for type of source and date. Try typing BP PLC into the search box. As you enter terms a list of filters will appear, such as Companies and Executives. Click on the company. This page will have news about the company. If you go back up to the menu bar and click on News Pages you can see today’s headlines in the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, and Barron’s. Purdue has a limited numbers of seats for this database. If you cannot access the database that means all of the seats might be in use.

Click here to see the basics of searching Factiva or try our Guide on the Side with this link.

Why you should know this database: The Companies/Markets tab includes interactive pages for Quotes and Charting, and the Industry reports include a Discovery Pane to narrow by companies, subjects, and sub-industries. Our subscription includes the Dow Jones company reports.


How this will help students:  Factiva is a powerful tool to help students find news reports on a topic.  There are options to browse or to search for a specific subject, and to search international sources.


Cost:  8 seats, paid annually by Purdue University Libraries and the Krannert School of Management.



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