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How to use the Factiva database to search the All Africa resource  To use the All Africa news resource you will need to access it via the Factiva database  You will need to start by finding the Factiva database on the A-Z database/eresources LibGuide http://libguides.cam.ac.uk/eresources This should be your first port of call when looking for any resources subscribed to by the University

 Search for Factiva in the “Enter Database Title” search box – the following results should appear:


Click on the result to take you to the Factiva homepage

TIP: Look out for new databases, or databases that are currently being trialled in Cambridge here


ďƒ˜ You should be taken to the following homepage if on-campus. If off-campus you may be asked to authenticate access first via your Raven login:


 Start by adjusting the date range. I suggest using “All Dates” if wanting to capture all archive material, however you can select a specific date range, or anything from “In the last day” through to “In the last 5 years”. The default range is “In the last 3 months”

 Once you have selected your preferred date range, to ensure that you are only searching the “All Africa” resource, you will need to adjust your “Source” which will then provide a list of all sources used within the Factiva database by type:


 Next click on “Major News and Business Sources” -> then click to expand “Major News and Business Sources: Africa” which should give you a list of news sources available.

 The list is quite long, so do make sure to explore, however at this point we will focus on All Africa resources only:

 Click on each All Africa option (or ignore French if this isn’t of use)  This should a) highlight them blue and b) make them appear in orange above the source search box


 Finally enter your keyword search terms in the “Free Text Search” at the top of the page


Original search terms

Modify your search here

You can choose splitpane or full-pane view here. The screen shown is split-pane view.

Use the filters on the left-hand side to further refine your search:


Tip 1: You can export all information from each filter category as graph images or as csv files using the “export” button to the right of each filter category title. Tip 2: The “Keywords” section gives greater prominence to words that appear more frequently in the source.

For general advice on how to search the Factiva database for other newspapers and news sources, have a look at the following YouTube tutorials provided by Factiva: http://bit.ly/1WaV5cO


 N.B. useful Africa related resources can be found on the African Studies LibGuide - “Where to start your research” tab http://libguides.cam.ac.uk/africanstudies

Using AllAfrica via Factiva  

How to use the AllAfrica resource for your research (via the Factiva database) - African Studies Library, University of Cambridge

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