The internet is an enormous storage unit of all the information you could ever need. However, it is difficult at times to get to it directly. What is more, some sources are paid for, and if you only need it once, paying to gain access it is just not worth the hassle.
One of the best research tools I’ve come across is Factiva. It is a paid for service, but we, as students of Westminster, have access to it via the library portal.
When doing my research for essays and campaigns, I sometimes need to quote a reputable newspaper, as this adds to the paper I’m writing. Some of them, sadly, have paywalls – think ‘The Times’. But Factiva helps a lot in this case: it contains all the news articles that appeared on the day, free or paid. Just enter the title of the article, and it appears on your screen, no more paywalls!
It is very useful for gaining access to quality news articles. It is reliable and a lot more convenient than buying a hard copy of a newspaper. It is great for comparing views of different journalists and news outlets.
I find this service one of the most useful tools for research, yet it is helpful daily as well. Whenever I see an interesting article online, or want to see the different views in the press of an issue, Factiva is very useful. Find Factiva here!
Tell me if you’ve ever used Factiva in the comments. Or do you have a way of accessing restricted articles of your own? Let me know!
Read a lot, and enjoy!