Saturday, September 24, 2005

Keeping Current with Factiva

A Virtual Library Cat knows that law students are often too busy to keep up with the world beyond classes, the Library, and for some of you, the day job. Could you use a virtual newsstand of front page article headlines from ten of the most prominent U.S. newspapers and news and business magazines, with links to the full-text articles, at-a-glance on just one screen? Well, take a look at Factiva, a subscription database available through the University Library. Clicking on the “News Pages” tab in Factiva brings up a list of front page articles from today’s issue of five major daily newspapers--the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, and Los Angeles Times--and from the most recent issue of Newsweek, Business Week, Barron's, Forbes, and Fortune. Just click on any article title to read the full text—or use the pull-down menu to select articles from another section of the same issue, such as the opinion pages, columnists, foreign news, or technology. Another pull-down menu lets you choose any recent issue from approximately the past two weeks for newspapers and from about the past month for magazines, and do the same. Finally, there is an option (click on "Search this Newsstand") to do a full text search of all the publications in “News Pages.” Access to Factiva is from the University Library’s web page. Click on “Hofstra Electronic Library,” then on “Electronic Resources,” and select “Business, Economics, Finance”, to scroll down to the Factiva link, and then click on the "News Pages" tab in Factiva. Be aware, however, that there are a limited number of licenses for this database. If you are unable to access it, try again later. If you have any questions about Factiva, ask a reference librarian.
Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

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