Custom Search Fields in

What fields are available for custom searching?

Custom Search Fields allow you to search for your keywords within multiple document fields at the same time, and allows you to narrow your search to specific document fields within an article. These include headline, lead paragraph, descriptors, and source name.

You may have up to 25 custom search field lists and each can have a name of up to 25 characters. Each Custom Search Fields list can have up to 30 document fields selected. The following table explains what each available field contains.

Field Name Field Tag Description
Accession number AN Unique number assigned to document
Author BY Author's name
Art ART Captions, descriptions of graphics, etc.
Column CLM Column name
Contact CT Contract name for additional information
Correction CX Area to describe or append corrections
Credit CR Credit information
Descriptors* DE All descriptors
Dow Jones ticker symbol* CO Company ticker symbol
Edition ED Edition of publication
Factiva company codes** FDS Factiva company codes
Headline HD Headline
Headline group HL Includes HD, SE, CLM
Headline/lead paragraph group HLP Includes HD, SE, CLM, LP, CX
Industry code IN Industry codes
Language code LA Document language
Lead paragraphs LP First two paragraphs of a story
Page PG Page of a publication
Publisher name PUB Publisher of a publication
Notes/reference RF Notes associated with an article
Region code RE Geographic region codes
Reuters instrument code* RIC Reuters codes
Section SE Section name
Source restrictor code RST Publication source code
Source group restrictor code RST Publication group code
Source name SN Publication name
Subject code NS Subject codes
Text TD Text of article after lead paragraphs
Volume VOL Volume and/or number of publication
Word count WC All words found in the headline and text groups
Group name NGC Publication group name

* Searchable fields, but not displayable fields in articles; limited to supplemental descriptive terms provided by some information providers. Note DE= is not recommended as a stand-alone search.

** Factiva company codes are searchable using the fds field tag, but are displayed in the CO field.


  • If you select a Custom Search Fields format that contains only one field name, you will not need to use the related field tag. For example, if you select a Custom Search Fields format to search in only the Author field, you will not need to use BY= in front of the author's name.

  • Your search strategy will continue to work if it contains sc=, the previously used source code field tag. But please be aware that rst= will appear in the free text search box whenever you add sources or Factiva Intelligent IndexingTM using the blue arrow icon to the right of each source or indexing term.