The Library subscribes to several key databases which provide access to
The Data and Statistics pages provide an overview of these databases and how to access them, including some trusted free resources available online. We also have a separate guide on market research:
1. Check your timetable and/or emails to see if training has been organised for your course or module
2. Book onto one of the upcoming LibSmart data and statistics workshops (see below)
3. Use the help tools provided in individual databases
4. Drop by the LibSmart point in the Learning Commons (Brunel Library floor 1) Monday-Friday 1-5 to see a Librarian - check at the LibSmart point, or Librarian's Twitter feeds for timings each week
5. Book an appointment with your Subject Librarian, or email them - details on the Library guides
5. Come to a Financial Resources Suite drop-in (Library Floor 1) with the Business and Economics & Finance librarians, Alice Cann and Kanwal Virdee (these may not run every week due to other commitments - check on Twitter for details):
Tuesday 2-2:30 - with Alice
Thursday 2-2:30 - with Kanwal
Getting Started with Bloomberg
An introduction to the financial markets database, covering: what’s available, booking a terminal and setting up an account, how to find your way around, and how to get help.
Using Bloomberg with Excel
Covering exporting data from Bloomberg, downloading the Excel add-in, importing data using the Excel add-in, accessing templates, the basics of using formulas to build functions.
An overview of the Bloomberg Market Concepts (BMC) e-learning module including what it comprises of, how you can access it, and how BMC certification could improve your employability - including information on the Bloomberg Talent Search (BTS).
Introduction to finding data and statistics
What's in...UK Data Service
A practical session delving into the content of UK Data Service.
The UK Data Service is a comprehensive resource funded by the ESRC to support researchers, teachers and policymakers who depend on high-quality social and economic data. Here you will find a single point of access to a wide range of secondary data including large-scale government surveys, international macrodata, business microdata, qualitative studies looking at topics such as health, education and crime, and census data from 1971 to 2011.
All bookings will take priority.
Data vs statistics
Data are raw ingredients from which statistics are created. Statistics are useful when you just need a few numbers to support an argument, for example, degree holders earned an average of £12,000 a year more than non-graduates over the past decade - ONS. Statistics are usually presented in tables and charts. Statistical analysis can be performed on raw data to show relationships among the variables collected.
Aggregate/macro data vs microdata
Aggregate or Macro Data are higher-level data that have been compiled from smaller units of data. For example, the Census data that you find on UK Data Service have been aggregated to preserve the confidentiality of individual respondents. Microdata contain individual cases, usually individual people, or in the case of Census data, individual households.
Data sets and studies
In data archives like UK Data Service a data set or study is made up of the raw data file and any related files, usually the codebook and setup files. The codebook is your guide to making sense of the raw data. For survey data, the codebook usually contains the actual questionnaire and the values for the responses to each question.