Searching in non-English languages

How can I search within non-English languages in What are the codes for languages? offers four methods for limiting a search to specific languages:

  1. From Search Builder under the Search tab or from the Track: Folder Creation and Track: Folder Revision screens:
    1. Click the expansion button () next to the Language channel in the Select Sources and Factiva Intelligent IndexingTM area.  
    2. Click the language(s) you want from the list that appears; the language selection(s) will be highlighted on the list, and will appear in the Currently Selected list of languages. Note: If you select multiple languages, they will be connected by the "or" operator.
  2. Default language preferences: English is the default language selection in, but you can change this default by following these steps:
    1. Click the tools link at the top of the screen, then select preferences from the menu that appears. Result: The Preferences window will open.  
    2. Click the General tab and scroll down to the Default content language(s) area.  
    3. Select the language(s) you want.  
    4. Click the Save button.

    Please Note: In order to search for content in a variety of languages on the Start Page or in the Newsstand component of News Pages, you must go to your preferences under tools and select the language(s) you wish to search.

  3. Searching with Indexing Terms in Search and Track When searching for content in multiple languages, we strongly recommend using indexing terms or codes in your search. Search Example:
    1. Select French and German from the Language pick list within the Select Factiva Intelligent Indexing area.  
    2. Select United Nations under the International Pol-Econ Organizations category in the Subject pick list within the Select Factiva Intelligent Indexing area.  
    3. Select all other desired search criteria, including date range.  
    4. Click the Run Search button.
  4. Advanced searching with language field tags in Search and Track: Language indexing codes can be used in the free-text search box to limit all, or parts of your search to specific language(s). This would be a field qualified search using the language field tag, la=. Important Notes:
    • If you include language codes within a search, you must first highlight those languages from the Language pick list; expand the Languages channel to view the pick list.  
    • To search for multiple languages using the la= field tag, remember to nest the codes: example, la=(bg or fr)
    • We suggest using Factiva Intelligent IndexingTM within your search to improve retrieval.


    Following are search examples using language codes, retrieving articles about The United Nations:  

    • la=(en or ru) and ns=UTDNAT This search will retrieve articles with english or russian language codes, and the subject code for United Nations  
    • la=es and hlp=Naciones Unidas Spanish language search for the term Naciones Unidas in the headline/lead paragraphs  
    • (la=es and hd=Naciones Unidas) or (la=en and hlp=(United Nations and UNICEF)) First section of this strategy, (la=es and hd=Naciones Unidas), uses the code for Spanish language, la=es, and is searching for the term Naciones Unidas in the headline. Second part of strategy, (la=en and hlp=(United Nations and UNICEF)), uses the English language code, la=en, and is searching for the terms United Nations and UNICEF in the headline/lead paragraphs.  

Following is the list of available languages, and the appropriate code to use for field qualified searches using the field tag la=:  

Language Code Language Code
Bulgarian bg Hungarian hu
Catalan ca Italian it
Chinese -Simplified* zhcn Japanese* ja
Chinese - Traditional* zhtw Norwegian no
Czech cs Polish pl
Danish >da Portuguese pt
Dutch nl Russian ru
English en Slovak sk
Finnish fi Spanish es
French fr Swedish sv
German de Turkish tr

*Important! If you are using the Internet Explorer browser, you must have the correct software installed to view Chinese and Japanese characters.  Please click here for instructions.