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Factiva – using company and source codes

Dow Jones FactivaGet more accurate search results in Dow Jones Factiva by using a company code rather than just putting the company name in the free text search box.

You can select the company search option, search by name, and click on the name in the company results list. In this case the company code is used but it is not visible on your search screen.

To see the company code – as before select the company search option and search by name but then select the blue pyramid add icon, This will add the company code into the free text search box in the format “fds=mks”, where mks is the company code for Marks and Spencer PLC.

It is exactly the same if you want to use codes for sources – for example “rst=ftft”, where ftft is the source code for the Financial Times. If you select the information icon then a popup window will give the details of the company/source including its code.

Factiva adding company code (click to expand)

Factiva adding company code (click to expand)

In the screenshot above the source code for the Financial Times (rst=ftft) has already been added to the free text search box. Selecting the add icon will add the company code for Tesco PLC (fds=tsco). You can complete the search by adding the connector, e.g. “rst=ftft AND fds=tsco”, and then click the search button to get your results.

One advantage of using explicit search codes is that you can easily save a copy for your search to reuse at a later date.

Further Factiva tips

“Factiva” and “Researching Business News” guides from the business and management guides page.

Our factiva tagged posts – showing the range of research where Factiva can be useful.

Factiva has a YouTube channel www.youtube.com/factiva (this may include features not available on the University of Manchester academic subscription).

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  1. markgreenwood
    30 September 2013 at 10:31 am

    Finding Intelligent Indexing Company codes in Factiva

  1. 29 November 2013 at 11:39 pm

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