Using Datastream

Datastream is a powerful macro economic database with extensive financial time series data and tools for analysis of countries, companies and markets.  It combines economic research with asset analysis based on rich data content including Reuters News, I/B/E/S and Starmine.

How do I access it?

Datastream is available on a dedicated PC on level 6 of the Main Library.  Ask about access at the Welcome Desk on level 2.  Library staff will give you information about accessing the database and a help guide.

There is an additional PC in the Wards Library, level 5 of the Main Building.  Staff there can provide support on using the database.

Help using Datastream

There is detailed help from within the database when you log in.  Additionally, Thomson Reuters has a dedicated training page for Datastream 


datastream training

There are ‘getting started’ videos covering the basics and videos on more advanced functions like:

  • working with chart types
  • working in MS Office
  • using analytics and tools
  • exploring data (bond indices, price trends, corporate governance)
  • tips and tricks

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Have a look at this very good business research blog.  Use the tag cloud or search box to find posts on your topic, including multiple posts on Datastream.





If you are still struggling to use the database, please contact Kay Munro or Lynn Irvine (College Librarians) for help.

Ms Gillian Maciver, Research Associate (Accounting and Finance) in the Adam Smith Business School is an expert user of Datastream.  Accounting and Finance students and researchers can contact her for help.

Further information

Datastream will be migrating to a new platform called Eikon later in the year.  Look out for updates from the Library, including information about training sessions.

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