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How to: Bloomberg: Getting Started

What is Bloomberg?

Bloomberg has data on more than 5 million bonds, equities, commodities, currencies & funds. It covers most every publicly traded company in the world, and has profiles on more than a million people.

Navigation in Bloomberg is different from most other databases you use.  Bloomberg is a decentralized command driven system.  The commands are represented by codes.  These codes tell Bloomberg the function you would like the database to perform or the type of information you want on a security or a market for example.

Being a decentralized database, there are three things to keep in mind:

Decentralized Bloomberg


  • Hierarchical nature of information, but not "main" menu.
  • Each market is its own "silo."
  • With use of a command, you can jump from silo to silo.

With more than 25,000 codes, the key to becoming an expert Bloomberg user is to

  • Memorize the codes you use most often and
  • Know how to get help in Bloomberg to find new codes.

It may seem awkward at first, but as you use Bloomberg more and memorize some of the codes, you will find that it is a time saver.

Bloombert Syntax

Learning how to put a command together in Bloomberg is similar to learning another language.  The example below provides the basic structure of a command.

Functions of interest

N to get news from around the world updated constantly and can be filtered by topic, language, and date ECO find upcoming and past ecomomic releases
JOBS to view job listings WECO for world economic releases
MSG the Bloomberg message system BTMM for key rates
HDSK to retrieve Help desk messages WEI world economic indicies lists the benchmark indicies by geography
NIM for new issues IBQ for industry analysis
MA Mergers & Acquisitions search
BDRG for information on the pharmaceutical industry such as patents, litigation, et cetera
EVTS Events calendar
EASY for quick start tips
EQS Equity screening
LEAG League tables
SRCH Bond Search
BLAW Bloomberg Law
GLCO Global commodity prices & data
FXGN Foreign exchange

Check out Bloomberg Markets magazine for additional tips.


Bloomberg help is available via email. Hit the green < HELP > key twice and a window will open with an option to type in your question and send it to a Bloomberg support specialist.

To request help from a librarian, contact us and we would be happy to assist you.


The attached questions will navigate you through the different ways you can find information in Bloomberg as well as give you a sample of what types of information is available. 

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Create an Account

Step 1 Press < GO > without entering a username or password. Select the option to create an account.
Step 2 Provide your cell phone number so they can text you a code to start the process.
Step 3 Follow the prompts on screen to create your account. This account will work on all of the Bloombergs on campus..


Step 1: Press the red < CONN/DFLT > key in the upper right hand of the keyboard.

Where is Bloomberg?

There are Bloomberg terminals in the Management, Hotel, and Mann libraries. Each library has its own rules regarding usage.

Check to see if there are sign-up sheets, time limits, or even limits on who can use the terminal at the library circulation desk.


The news feeds in Bloomberg are one of its most popular features.

N < GO > - to get to the main news screen. From here you can specify what kind of news items you want to view.
READ < GO > - to view the most popular news stories on bloomberg.
CN - to view company news. For example JNJ < EQUITY > CN < GO >

Click on the headline to view a story. You can also email or download the stories.