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Public Administration Research Guide

Welcome! This guide will point you to research resources for a variety of public administration topics.

Datastream Microsoft Office Exell Add-Inns Compatibility

If you are considering upgrading to Microsoft Office 2016 for Windows please note that the Excel Add-Ins might not work properly because  Office 2016 is not officially supported for Datastream Advance 5.1.

Bloombergs's Top 10 Student Uses of Bloomberg

Just check out the 10 Top Student Uses that Bloomberg has sent out which include. 

  1. Add your free Bloomberg email address to your résumé.
  2. Forward your Bloomberg email to your smartphone.
  3. See a list of Bloomberg-using alumni from your school.
  4. Send thank you notes through your personal Bloomberg email account.
  5. Conduct research on your interviewers.
To learn more go to this link:  Top 10 Student Uses .

Financial Database Certification Programs available for Dal Students

Bloomberg Certification: Bloomberg Market Concepts (BMC)

To begin the Bloomberg Market Concepts (BMC) Training Program:

  1. At the Bloomberg terminal ensure that no one else is logged in by hitting the red Pause/Break Conn/Default button.
  2. Next click the red Pause/Break Conn/Default button again and in the username field hit the green Enter button. You must create your own Bloomberg Market Concepts User Login and Password. To do so from the Bloomberg terminal, enter BMC into the amber field on the start screen, then click on <GO>
  3. This will take you to a registration form, which you must fill out to take the training. Each person must have their own registration username and password to receive a certification of completion from Bloomberg.
  4. After filling out the form, a Bloomberg representative will call or text you to verify your account. After verification you can start taking the courses!
  5. Bloomberg Market Concepts (BMC) is an 8-hour, self-paced, e-learning video course consisting of four modules (Economic Indicators, Currencies, Fixed Income and Equities) and over 70 Bloomberg Terminal functions. After completing all four modules, you will receive a certificate of completion.
  6. You can complete BMC at no additional charge on any of the Dal Terminals. You can also opt to complete BMC on the Bloomberg Institute website for a fee. At Dalhousie we have access to 12 Bloomberg Terminals. Ten terminals are located in the Risk Lab on the 2nd floor of the Rowe Building.  Additional terminals are located in the 4th floor computer lab in the Rowe Building, as well as in the South Learning Commons in the Killam Library — you can’t miss their distinctive keyboards! For more information, enter BMC and then hit the <GO> button on the Terminal or visit

 Thomson Reuters Certification program

Thomson Reuters has an ongoing online certification program for their financial products: Datastream Advance, Thomson Reuters EIKON and Reuters 3000 Xtra. According to Thomson Reuters, the certification program will help students stay "ahead of the curve", test and prove their knowledge of the tools that drive the financial markets to themselves, their peers  and future employers. The certificate is free to Dalhousie students and faculty.  Training modules are available online 24/7.  By simply registering online, Dal users can take the exam (30 product-related questions), receive immediate results, and print the certificate.