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 a virtual training session for 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.

Although recording sessions is not permissible per Bloomberg's policy, slides may serve as a reference.

Other Universities' Bloomberg Guides

Technical Support

  • Log into your account monthly to keep it active. If your account expires while a current affiliate, call Bloomberg Support at 1-212-318-2000 and ask to "reinstate your login."
  • For problems with account creation, access or functionality, 

Bloomberg Analyst Help Desk

To send a question to the Bloomberg Analyst Help Desk, click on the Live Help link. You should receive an e-mail reply within 24 hours.

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

Bloomberg Guides and Tutorials

  • Type BPS and hit  <GO>, or type BU and click on Marketing Materials, to access Bloomberg's 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.
  • Register for or view free training seminars or webinars through SMNR.
  • Refer to the Certification Program link on this web guide for details on the Bloomberg Markets Concepts (BMC) course.
  • 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 MENU and hit <GO> or Enter for Bloomberg's main menu.
  • Use keyword searching to search for your topic. Choose from the menu.
  • Use function codes and the F# keys to develop search strings.
  • Type BPS or Bloomberg University <BU> to access training tools and cheat sheets by asset class.
  • From any Bloomberg screen, hit <HELP> once for details about the displayed content.
  • Within specific screens, click on the numerical items or on data points to access more detailed information.