Searching For An Article With Just One Keyword

A very lovely CELC lecturer posed TNL quite a challenge one day. It was out of desperation to cite correctly a newspaper article that she emailed her this question – what is the author’s name of a ST article titled “Values we value”, published some time this year.

Here is what TNL did. Keep in mind, the old girl works isolated in her own world of quirky logic and hyperboles.

TNL’s database of choice – Factiva.

In this case, TNL goes for the jugular. When she searches for an article, she only wants see 1 article. The correct one. Don’t want to waste time browsing. Maximum efficiency.

In this case, she tried this triple combo of :

  • Phrase
  • Source
  • Date Range



Nope. That didn’t help.


Ok, then, scale it down to maybe Warp Factor 5, maintain efficiency, and feeling kinda “lucky” TNL applied the not-so-popular-but-cool “atleast5”.



Sort By Relevance. (Because we all know what Relevance does, don’t we?)





Check out Article #3. QED.

So, you see, the article title was incorrect in the first place.  If you want to know why TNL took those steps, leave a comment here to ask her. She’ll blog about it.

  1. Ivan Chew

    LOL. After reading this article, I’ve the perfect tagline for you: “The Naked Librarian: making search sexy since Web 1.0” nice article. I didn’t know about the “atleast5” syntax. Thanks!

  2. The Naked Librarian

    Uggh… sexy doesn’t quite describe what the old girl feels these days. But you know TNL is just a sucker when it comes to compliments from tall, strapping, young men. 🙂 Thanks anyway, RL. There are lots of stuff you can do in Factiva. The fun part is seeing whether the articles retrieved are relevant and in what context. You should try “atleast” with a funny word in Lead Paragraph. Its so cool. The articles you retrieve can be such a hoot. Hmm…oh, ok…you do know that TNL has a life, right? Nobody reads comments, right?

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