Factiva is an important news and business database with many corporate subscribers who value the immediacy and depth of information it provides. Factiva has more than 28,000 sources from 200 countries in 25 languages. The content dates primarily from 1979 to present.
Factiva is often compared with LexisNexis Academic because the two databases share some similar content. Clement Ho, a library collection manager, makes the following useful comparisons between the two databases with a focus on the news content:
- Factiva is a Dow Jones product. Therefore, it is one of the few sources for the Wall Street Journal (June 13, 1979 to present). (The library has another database, Wall Street Journal Historical, that has the complete Wall Street Journal from 1889 to 1991.)
- Factiva also has the English version of Al-Jazeera (January 5, 2007 to present).
- Factiva has titles in many more languages than LexisNexis Academic. In addition to English, LexisNexis Academic only has articles in Dutch, French, German, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish. Factiva, on the other hand, has articles in those seven languages plus Bahasa Indonesia, Bahasa Melayu, Bulgarian, Catalan, Chinese (simplified and traditional), Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Korean Norwegian, Polish, Portugese, Russian, Slovak, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish. To see the Chinese and Japanese characters and Cyrillic letters, researchers should use Firefox as a browser.
- Whereas LexisNexis Academic only has text, Factiva has videos and audio, mostly business news from Fox and the Wall Street Journal. Factiva also has images.
In addition to basic and more sophisticated searches, Factiva has special searches for up-to-the minute stock quotes, “charting,” and company and industry searches. For each company Factiva provides a useful “snapshot,” and for each industry, Factiva offers an international “peer comparison” search.
The library license for Factiva allows for ten simultaneous users. Users who cannot access the database immediately should wait a few minutes and try again. Also, please note that inactivity in Factiva leads to a quick timeout.