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Articles & News (Management)

Newspaper Databases for Business Topics and More

Newspapers are primary sources of information about historical and current events. There are many different types of news sources available, and depending on your needs you might turn to print newspapers, online newspapers, digitized newspapers, aggregators, microform, or a combination of multiple formats, since many newspapers are available in more than one. For more information on available newspapers at McGill, check out our guide here.


 

Using Factiva

To start a search enter your keywords into the Free Text Search bar. The default date range is articles from the past three months, be sure to change this if you are looking for article from a wider range of time.

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Beneath the search box there are filters you can use, such as:

  • You can choose whether you want to search all news sources or certain types, like Dow Jones newswires, press releases, etc.
  • You can choose whether you want to limit your search results by date.
  • You can choose whether you want to limit your search results by specific companies that have been tagged in articles.

     

Adding search limits: how to search for keywords in a particular title or news source

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You can limit your search to a specific title. For example, we can decide to only search for articles containing the word "Prime Minister" that have been published in the Montreal Gazette. To do this, first open the search limit menu for "Source" by clicking on the small arrow located next to it.

 

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Now, you can choose your news source. You can select your source in several ways, such as by language, industry or region, if you click on the drop down menu next to "Select source category".

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You can also start typing in a name in the small search bar and a list of matches will appear. Here we have typed in "Montr", and the Montreal Gazette has appeared in the list of choices.

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In order to add the Montreal Gazette as a news source to your search, you need to click on it. If if has been successfully added you will see it now listed above the small search box in an orange rectangle. This means that your search will only show articles containing your keyword(s) from the Montreal Gazette.

Adding search limits: Looking at details about a news source

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You'll notice that there are actually two Montreal Gazettes on the list. This is because one refers to the newspaper in print, and the other refers to the website for the Montreal Gazette. The icon listed in front of the same tells you the source's origin. (In this case, you can see a tiny newspaper page versus a world icon. The world icon represents a website.) You can also see details about the source by clicking on the "i" after the name.
Here are the news source details that appear for the Montreal Gazette:Newspaper when you click on the "i".
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Here are the news source details that appear for the Montreal Gazette:Website when you click on the "i".

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Adding search limits: Removing a search limit

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If you would like to remove a news source that you have added, click anywhere on the orange rectangle that surrounds the news source's name and a submenu will pop up. You have the choice of adding "Not" to the news source, which means that the search will find everything except articles from the news source, or you can choose "Remove", to remove it.

Adding search limits: Additional limits

 

 

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You can add a search limit for each of the categories in the same away as described for news source. For example, "Region" is set to North America, and "Language" is set to English.

Adding search limits: Adding a date range

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You can also add a date range to your search. Underneath the search box is a option to limit the search to a specific time or time period. Clicking on the arrow to the right of the word "Date" opens up a dropdown, where you can select various options, including the option to enter your own specific date range (the last option).
 

Running and modifying the search

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Now that the search is built, we can run it by pressing "Search".
 
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These are the results of the search. If you need to change your search, you can click the "Modify Search" button on the top right, which will bring up the search box and search limit menu again.
 

Seeing all articles from a particular news source: searching without keywords

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If you would like to see all articles published by a particular news source, you need to search in a specific way. First, you need to locate the name of the news source in the source limit section. You can do this the same way that is mentioned above, in Limiting keywords to a particular news source.
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Now, instead of clicking directly on the news source name, click on the small arrow located after the name. This will add the news sources name to the search bar at the top of the page.
 
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Now if you run the search by clicking the search button, your results will all the articles from the news source you selected.
 
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You can also add a date range if you are looking for all articles from that news source for a specific time period.

 

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