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Databases (Management)

Information on how to access and use the management and business databases.

Guide to Datastream


Datastream provides access to financial and statistical data, and is international in scope.

One of Datastream’s strengths is in providing access to historical data, making it a useful resources if you carrying our economic regressions or need historical data on financial instruments.

How to access DataStream

You can only access DataStream from one workstation in the  Humanities & Social Sciences Library, McLennan, 3rd floor (Room M3-53B).

Once you login (using your regular McGill email/password), you can launch the software using the Datastream icon on the desktop.

The Datastream plug-in for Excel (see below) has also been installed and will be there when you start Excel.

How to use DataStream

NOTE: Thomson Reuters recently removed (or moved) the user guides from their public web site. The guides are available from the Help menu in the DataStream software. We have contacted the vendor to ask for updated links to these guides, and will update this page once we have the new information.

We have a short video that provides an overview of how to use Datastream.

Thompson Reuters provides a Getting Started Guide* that explains the various features and explains how to use them:

Other documentation available here*.

Accessing Datastream from Excel. Many users prefer to use the Excel plug-in to query Datastream. We've installed the Datastream Excel plug-in on the workstation in the Library, so you can open Excel, specify your query parameters, and the results will appear directly in your spreadsheet.

To learn how to do this, see the Using Datastream Advance for Office (p.38) in the Getting Started Guide*.

There is also a Datastream in Excel Quick Reference Guide* that provides a useful overview.

The Oxford Libraries have also created a number of useful guides that step through the process of finding specific kinds of information using Datastream.

* These resources are only accessible from the DataStream terminal


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