Datastream (only available from specific PCs)

An online international database providing a range of statistical, financial and graphical information. Covers all companies listed on the world's stock markets, plus economics datasets for over 150 countries.

Note that Datastream includes no descriptive information or commentary with the company data provided.

Access the database

Update (Friday 20 March 2020): the FBL Librarian team have created a reading list of alternative sources that you can access off-campus via Alternative sources to Bloomberg and Datastream.

Database user guides

Datastream help

  • The help menu within Datastream provides access to the manuals and definitions used.
  • The Datastream Navigator provides the codes you need. Help for the Navigator can be found under the help button when you have loaded the Navigator within Datastream.
  • The Datastream Training site provides self-paced online training. You will need to enter your UWE Bristol email address to register for the training.
  • Datastream Certification training is also available via the training site. This would be a useful addition to your CV. Their OnDemand training allows you to learn at your desktop at your own pace. A final assessment will prove your knowledge to peers and future employers


  • Public companies listed on the world's stock markets from 1960s onwards. No private companies are covered.
  • Equity indices from 1960s onwards.
  • Economics datasets for over 150 countries from 1950s onwards. 
  • The Content Coverage guide (PDF) gives more detail about the content which if offered on Datastream.
  • The Data Quality guide (PDF) looks at how Datastream maintains the quality of the data.

The 'Advance for Office' software can download the information into an Excel spreadsheet, and, as long as you have a Datastream connection, you can update the information within your spreadsheet.