Access Factiva. (If you're off-campus, you will be prompted to login with your MyPVCC username and password.) Note: This database is currently experiencing some problems. After you click this link and login, you will need to come back and click it a second time. It will not work the first time. The VCCS Systems Office in Richmond is working to fix it.
In the "Free Text Search" box, enter in your search terms. You must use boolean search strategies when searching Factiva. Combine nouns with these terms:
In addition, Factiva cares whether the word is plural. If you search for the word "dogs," it will only find articles where it's listed in the plural form. If you want articles to appear with the singular form, "dog," then you must input the search term in the singular form.
Lastly, if you type in a string of text (such as: I just can't wait to be king), it will only find articles where those words are side-by-side. This is helpful for a song lyric or title of a book, but it is not helpful for topical searches. For that, you must use the boolean strategies above, or you risk not pulling up any articles.
Try using some of the filters before searching Factiva. Select a date range to limit your results to current information:
Select the Sources drop-down menu and select Source Category > My Source Lists, and click one of the three groups listed.
Click the blue Search button.
Review the results displayed. Pay attention to the article title, date, and newspaper it comes from. You may use the filters on the left to narrow the results by company/organization, newspaper, industry, language, etc. Click an article's title to read it.
Click the print icon at the top to print a copy of the article. Select "Article Format" from the drop-down menu.