Why am I receiving a syntax error message? What is the correct syntax?
You may receive error messages if you are looking for a phrase that contains a search connector or search operator in Factiva.com. To avoid these error messages, you can use a set of double quotes to look for the specific phrase. Factiva search connectors and operators include:
Important! If you copy and paste a search statement containing double quotes from Microsoft Word into a Factiva free-text search box, you may still receive syntax error messages. The quotes in a Word document are referred to as smart quotes, and they cannot be read correctly by our search engine. To correct this issue, remove the old quotes that were copied from Word and insert new ones using your keyboard.
The table below provides examples of incorrect syntax, the error messages they generate and examples of correct syntax.
|Incorrect Syntax Examples||Corresponding Error Message||Correct Syntax Examples|
|HBO and And the Band Played On||Your search statement contains two connectors adjacent to each other. Please re-enter your search using the correct syntax.||HBO and "And the Band Played On"|
|next day delivery or same day delivery||next day delivery or "same day delivery"|
|Not for Profit||The connector NOT can only be used to connect two expressions. Please re-enter your search using the correct syntax.||"Not for Profit"|
|Not in my back yard and landfill||"Not in my back yard" and landfill|
|near the top||The connector you have entered can only be used to connect two expressions. Please re-enter your search using the correct syntax.||"near the top"|
|same sex marriage||"same sex marriage"|
|near completion and big dig and Boston||"near completion" and big dig and Boston|
|date that will live in infamy||Your search statement contains an invalid date format. Please re-enter your date range using the format you have chosen in the Search Preferences.||"date that will live in infamy"|
|this date in history||"this date in history"|
|e*trade||A minimum of 3 characters before the wildcard truncation ($ and *) is required. Please re-enter your search using the correct syntax or click on the support button in the top right hand corner of your product.||"e*trade"|
|50%||Your search statement contains a general syntax error. Please re-enter your search using the correct syntax or click on the support button in the top right hand corner of your product.||"50%"|
|surveyed and 75%||surveyed and "75%"|