Instructions and tips for getting started on the Bloomberg Professional terminals for research in business, finance, real estate and economics.

Group Instruction

Instructors may request on-site training at their campus or at Bloomberg's D.C. training facility for their classes by contacting their local librarian at least six weeks advance.  Training is contingent on the availability of Bloomberg staff and available during particular days of the week.

Training may include a general Bloomberg overview or specific topics.

Other Universities' Bloomberg Guides

Bloomberg Analyst Help Desk

For assistance, via e-mail, from the Bloomberg Analyst Help Desk, press the green HELP key twice at any Bloomberg terminal.

If you need phone assistance, provide your cell phone number in the message and ask the analyst to call you.  Cell phone use is permitted at the Bloomberg terminal to facilitate those conversations.  Please set on vibrate.

To access your Help Message log, type HDSK and hit <GO>

Bloomberg Guides and Tutorials

Type BU and hit <GO> to access Bloomberg's video tutorials and printed or online guides.

Choose Marketing Materials to access the Getting Starting guide, search guides, and topic-specific cheat sheets.  Click Download to view the document. Choose the print command within Adobe to obtain a hard copy.

Bring personal earphones to listen to tutorials, or borrow a set of headphones through the library.  At the Eisenhower Library, connect your headphones to the keyboard.  At Harbor East, connect them to the computer.

Other Tips

  • Type MAIN and hit <GO> to access Bloomberg's main menu.  Choose Bloomberg University <BU> to access training tools, or choose the keyword search function to search for your topic.
  • From any Bloomberg screen, hit <HELP> once for details about the displayed content. Right-click with your mouse on particular content for more options or information on methodology.
  • Within specific screens, click on the numbers to access more detailed information.