Free Text is the most robust type of search on Factiva. You can combine various search commands with index codes, and specific date range(s).
Maybe you’re wondering how other universities have been affected by COVID, and how they are handling things, etc.
The hl= command tells the search engine to search in the headline field only.
The parentheses are for nested searching – allowing you to search for EITHER college OR university and EITHER COVID-19 OR coronavirus. Increasing the number of keyword synonyms enables you to broaden the search and capture the greatest number of relevant articles.
By putting a * after college and universit, it tells the search engine to search for both the singular and plural forms of these words. For example, college or colleges and university or universities.
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