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FREN 65 La Mode: Fashion in French Culture: Databases for articles

What is a library database and why use them?

Library Databases vs Google

  • Reliability 
    • Anyone can publish their ideas on the internet
    • Information might be out of date since there are no formal reviews in place
    • Information found through Google or other search engines is not evaluated for accuracy 
  • Information found in library databases is preferred because:
    • Information is written and reviewed by experts 
    • Information is evaluated for accuracy and reliability
    • Recommended by librarians and faculty
  • Relevance
    • Google or other search engines turn up lots of results but have very little to do with your search
    • Google lacks filters
  • Library databases are preferred because:
    • You have more control over your search, since filters such as date ranges, languages, and peer reviewed can be applied
    • UNC's library databases are grouped in subjects making it easier to find the appropriate information
  • Permanence
    • In ​Google or other search engines content can change or disappear all together
    • Therefore it can not be archived and makes it impossible to verify your information
  • Library databases are preferred because:
    • Library databases provide published information that doesn't change over time
    • This information will remain in the databases so that you will have access over a long time and scholars are able to verify your work

Source:, Evaluating Internet-Based Information: Library databases vs. search engines, from Bethel College Library.

Scholarly articles

If you need to find a database for a specific subject  (e.g., Art, History, French), search E-Research Tools by Discipline, and first try the recommended databases.  For example, see the E-research Tools for Art

Find Articles - Broad Search

Factiva and Nexis Uni

What is Factiva?

Factiva is an archive of over 32,000 major global newspapers, newswires, industry publications, magazines, reports and other sources. Although its focus is business news, it can be used to locate information on a variety of topics, including politics, current events, trends and government data. 

  • Search: Search the full text of 14,000 leading business newspapers, magazines, trade journals, newsletters, and television and radio transcripts, including: 
    • National, international and regional newspapers - (e.g. The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The Times, El Pais, The Financial Times, The Guardian)
    • Magazines, journals and trade publications (e.g., Forbes, Newsweek, The Economist)
    • Newswires (e.g., AFP, Reuters, Dow Jones)
    • TV and radio podcasts (e.g., BBC, CNN, ABC, CBS, NBC)
  • News Pages: Browse the headlines, text and sections of major magazines and newspapers worldwide. 
  • Companies/Markets: Find company profiles, news articles and press releases, corporate financials, and current and historical equity stock quotes and market indices.​
    • NOTE: A small percentage of sources as well as the Alerts feature are not available to academic libraries.
    • Rutgers is limited to 100 simultaneous users of this database.

What can you do with Factiva?

  • Get stock quotes
  • Track political news
  • Find company profiles
  • Locate country information 
  • Curate data for a SWOT analysis 
  • Read editorials from major news sources
  • Obtain industry-specific data from trade publications 
  • Access full text articles from The Wall Street Journal & The New York Times

What is Nexis Uni?

Nexis Uni (formerly LexisNexis Academic) features more than 15,000 news, business and legal sources with an interface that offers quick discovery across all content types, personalization features such as Alerts and saved searches and a collaborative workspace with shared folders and annotated documents.