What the Factiva?
June 09, 2016

What the Factiva?

Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User

Overall Satisfaction with Factiva

It was used throughout the organization - both analysts and executives used it to conduct research on medical device companies, focusing on those companies headquartered in Eastern Asia, as well as the largest companies in the U.S. Moreover, we conducted research specifically on the competitor businesses to our client companies, to keep them abreast of developments and trends within the industry.
  • Strong overall search capabilities
  • Intuitive basis by which to refine a search
  • Frequently updated
  • Lengthy setup for searches
  • Repeated articles appear frequently
  • Unannounced interface changes were unpleasant surprises
At the time, Factiva was already being used by the company I worked for - they had developed procedures specifically for using Factiva, so there wasn't really an option. I've used Lexis, Westlaw and Bloomberg exclusively for legal research, so there wasn't really an overlap with Factiva.
Where one's work is particularly dependent on researching news articles and developing/contemporary trends, Factiva is best suited, over say, another search engine like LexisNexis.