Looking for times series data? Follow these steps:
#1 – If accessing remotely (i.e. outside Simon Hall) install business school proxy server on your machine. If you don’t do this, you will not be able to gain access to the databases.
Instructions for doing so are here:
#2 – Select database
If you have not decided on a specific topic, the best single source for locating a broad range of time series data is:
· Lexis/Nexis Statistical Publications and Datasets
a. Click customize data in left column http://web.lexis-nexis.com/statuniv (remember to use proxy server - step #1)
b. Clicking on item (e.g. energy resources) expands range of choices
c. This database has much more than economic timer series. Areas of coverage include:
· Energy Resources
· Health and vital statistics
· Housing and construction
· Transportation and travel
· For popular U.S. economic time series data (e.g. GDP, consumer prices, interest rates, etc.), use:
a. Economagic.com http://sub1.economagic.com/
b. This site also has LIBOR rates, data from Bank of Japan and economic data for Australia.
· Other statistical databases available from the business library site: http://apps.olin.wustl.edu/library/articles/db.cfm
a. International Financial Statistics (IMF)
b. Source OECD
c. ISI Emerging Markets
i. Click on country (right column)
ii. Click on tab at top (e.g. Countries, Industries, Macroeconomics. Financial Markets)
· Olin Library data resources
· Sources not listed on the Business Library site but available on your machine when you login using your account:
a. Datastream (access by clicking Start – Programs – Datastream – Advance 4.0)
This databases has a wide range of economic, stock and stock index related data. It is international in scope.
User guide: http://www.olin.wustl.edu/docs/library/UsingDatastream4.0.pdf
Accessible only from the Bloomberg terminal in the business library. Wide range of downloadable data for equities, currencies, commodities, economic data, etc.
Multiple user guides are available for different topics:
· Go directly to specific government agency sites (including foreign governments). For example:
Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis (FRED) – perhaps the best Federal Reserve Bank site for downloadable banking/economic data. See also the New York Federal Reserve site.
Bureau of Economic Analysis
Bureau of Labor Statistics
Department of Education- Digest of Education Statistics
Department of Commerce (includes the Census)
http://www.commerce.gov/ (demographic data also available from DemographicsNow from 1990- http://library.demographicsnow.com/AllocateOnline.srct
National Climatic Data Center
FBI – Uniform Crime Reports
· Try industry specific sites from the business library site:
Sports Business Research Network (SBRnet)
· Google a search (e.g. seatbelt usage us) – make sure ultimate source is legitimate (e.g. government, trade association, university, research institute, etc.)
Not finding what you need? Always feel free to ask for assistance.
Contact Ron Allen or come by the library.