Welcome to Business Research Plus

July 27, 2011 1 comment

Bloomberg SuiteBusiness Research Plus on iPad (FTSE)

From specialist databases to business literature, Business Research Plus provides advice and tips based on the MBS library service resources and expertise.  See our About page for more details.

  • Library Research Plus provides expert insight from The University of Manchester Library’s Research Services for researchers in all disciplines including business.
  • My Learning Essentials, the Library’s award-winning skills progamme includes online resources with a wealth of useful tips on searching, referencing, writing to support personal and professional development.

Exploring our resources – try the Business and Management Resources page (LibGuides),  scroll down to category or tag cloud in the right-hand column, search this blog (top right) or search Manchester Business Answers 24/7 (FAQ). For latest news see @MBSLibrary 

(MBS Library Service is part of The University of Manchester Library. )

What to do if the “Datatypes” button is disabled in Datastream

May 22, 2015 Leave a comment

Datastream Desktop top

When using Datastream, what do you do if the “Datatypes” button is disabled, or the “No datatype” box is greyed out? There are two common reasons why this happens, with easy but unexpected resolutions.

This only applies to Datastream Desktop, (we use version 5.1).

Datastream request typeReason 1: Static request or report

You may have chosen to perform a static request, under the option “Analysis, Single Series – Data, Static Data”. In this case, the datatype is selected under the blue “Settings” button (above the “Run Now!” button). From here, you can select up to nine datatypes using the “Datastream Navigator” button Datastream Navigator button in static request.

If you have chosen a report, such as “Analysis, Overview of Company Performance”, no datatype selection is available.

Reason 2: Time series request button bug

If you have chosen to perform a time series request, under the option “Analysis, Single Series – Data, Time Series Data”, the “Datatypes” button should be clickable. Next to it is a “No Datatype” tick box which will enable and disable the “Datatypes” button.

Occasionally, this tick box gets stuck. You can fix it by doing the following.

  1. Tick the “Expert” tick box
  2. Untick the “Expert” tick box
  3. Now you can untick the “No datatype” box

The new and improved Bloomberg keyboard has landed

May 18, 2015 Leave a comment
Bloomberg keyboard 4 UK

Bloomberg keyboard model 4 “Starboard” (UK layout)

The keyboards in the Bloomberg Suite at The University of Manchester Library have been upgraded.

The new keyboards, called “Starboard” by Bloomberg, are lighter and quieter to use, with the full-size layout of numeric keypad, cursor keys and bank of keys above the numeric pad.

The extra row of keys across the top are mostly the same, as are the colours. The main differences that may affect you are as follows.

  • The F1 function is now “Help” instead of “Law”. Previously, the Help key was just above the F1 key.
  • The “End/Back” key is now better labelled; previously, it was labelled “End/Menu” and users often did not know that pressing it was the easiest way to go back one screen.
  • There is a built-in microphone as well as speakers, and the headphone socket on the rear also accepts the single plug headphones and microphone layout common to mobile phone earphones (including the iPhone remote). We request users consider others in the room when using these features.
  • The volume keys are on the top-right above the numeric pad. The microphone on/off key lights up when the microphone is active.

Let us know if you have any comments about these new keyboards. I hope you enjoy using them.

See also: Bloomberg Professional documentation website

FAQ closing; content migrating to this blog

Manchester Business Answers 24/7 screenshotAvid users of University of Manchester Library resources relating to business data will be familiar with Manchester Business Answers 24/7.  This is the database of Frequently Asked Questions that The University of Manchester shares with many other universities around the world.

Manchester Business Answers 24/7 will be closing on 30 June 2015, but rest assured that the content you value from the database will not be lost.  Over the summer, we will be migrating content from Manchester Business Answers 24/7 to this blog.  Those of you who are blog subscribers may see a temporary increase in new posts in your inbox.

If you have questions or concerns, please contact us via a comment on this post.

Changes to MBS Library facilities

March 19, 2015 1 comment
Illustration of new MBS Library

Illustration of new MBS Library

The next phase of the University’s £1 billion campus redevelopment, which will transform over 20,000 square metres of teaching and learning facilities in MBS, is about to begin. To support the development, important changes to MBS library facilities are announced.

Between Monday 9 March and Monday 13 April, Eddie Davies Library, located in Devonshire House, will be vacated and its facilities will transfer across two sites. All printed resources will transfer to the lower floor of Precinct Library.

Specialist resources, including the Finance Zone and Bloomberg Suite, will transfer to a new facility at Dover Street, which will open on Monday 13 April.

Eddie Davies Library will close to all library users on Friday 20 March.

Library facilities will remain operational during the transition period, but users will experience some temporary disruption to stock access and services. Here is a summary of the key dates, activities and impact for users:

    • Week commencing Monday 16 March
    • Week commencing Monday 6 April
      • Usual lending and stock access to resume at Precinct Library from Tuesday 7 April.
    • Week commencing Monday 13 April
      • New Dover Street facility to open to library users on Monday 13 April.
      • Access to Finance Zone and Bloomberg Suite available at Dover Street.

During this phased program of activity, partial closures and contingency measures, including a retrieval service for borrowing books, will be in place at Precinct Library from Monday 9 March.

There will be also be reduced access to Finance Zone and Bloomberg Suite resources at Precinct Library, until Dover Street opens on Monday 13 April.

Precinct Library will remain operational during the transition period, but it is expected to be busier than usual and less study space will be available.

Students requiring study space are encouraged to consider other library sites across the campus, most notably Joule and Kantorowich libraries. Students should also consider accessing online resources whenever possible.

For enquiries about library services and facilities during the transition period, please speak to a member of library staff at Precinct or Eddie Davies, email libdesk@mbs.ac.uk or telephone 0161 306 3200.

MBS and University Library Twitter followers can also track key updates using the hashtag #MBSchanges.

ThomsonONE.com has replaced Thomson ONE Banker

March 17, 2015 Leave a comment

Example screen of ThomsonONE.com

As you may or may not be aware, Thomson ONE Banker (the service platform for company data) is no longer supported by Thomson Reuters. We have been running Thomson Reuters’ new service platform ThomsonONE.com, in parallel with Thomson ONE Banker, for over a year now. This is a necessary transition arrangement as staff and students require training and adjustment in the new ThomsonONE.com.

Recently, we have received feedback from our users that keeping the both Thomson ONE Banker and ThomsonONE.com in the Library’s Database list is rather confusing. We have reviewed Thomson ONE Banker again and have found the platform tired looking and slow performing. With advice from academic staff in Manchester Business School, we have therefore decided to withdraw Thomson ONE Banker from the Library’s Database list from 1 May, 2015.

Thomson ONE Guide

A short hand-out guide is available for those new to ThomsonONE.com. Please visit Getting Started Guides in the Library’s Business and Management Subject Guide pages.

Please note, ThomsonONE.com requires Internet Explorer 9. If you are using IE 10 or later, you must use Compatibility View. See our earlier post Thomson ONE.com Browser Compatibility for more details.

VLearn: video study resource for business and management students

March 17, 2015 Leave a comment

If you are interested in learning by watching new video resources then consider using VLearn.

VLearn website thumbnailFrom their website: “VLearn is the new ‘free access’ study resource for business and management students. We provide free access video material to enhance your learning experience. Use VLearn as a supplementary study resource to your traditional learning materials. VLearn brings research to life.”

It is a collection of short videos, organised into categories such as:

  • Marketing
  • Strategy
  • Leadership
  • Ethics
  • Sustainability

Have you already used it? Why not leave a comment below to let us know what you think, if you found it useful, and if you would recommend it to others.

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Getting data in and out of Eventus

February 13, 2015 Leave a comment

WRDS select data setEventus is a tool to perform event studies on US companies, pulling data directly out of the CRSP stock database. It is available through the WRDS portal for postgraduate students and members of staff at The University of Manchester.

The interface of Eventus is similar to the other platforms available through WRDS, but it can be a little more confusing to the newcomer. The post aims to help you get data in and out of Eventus, resulting in a usable Excel or CSV document. It does not aim to explain the mechanics of Eventus or what is really happening under the surface!

Preparing company identifiers and dates

Eventus 1 - source data

Mergers and acquisitions data, including acquirer PERMNO and announcement date

Eventus 2 - prepare columnsTypically, people who decide to use Eventus already have a list of acquiring companies, identified by PERMNO codes, and a corresponding list of dates to study (in YYYYMMDD format). Copy these two columns to a new Excel workbook in this order, then delete the header row if there is one.

Eventus 3 - ready to uploadThis workbook will need to be Saved as type: Text (Tab delimited) (*.txt). Ignore any warnings about the file type not accepting multiple sheets — you only need the active worksheet. Accept any warning about features not compatible with this file format. After the file has saved, close it, ignoring any further warnings about not saving changes.

You should now have a plain text file that begins like this if you open it in Notepad++ or similar.

Using Eventus

Your file is now ready to be uploaded to Eventus. Log onto WRDS, then choose Eventus from the drop-down list Select a Data Set on the top-left. Choose Cross-Sectional Analysis Daily. (Only the cross-sectional analysis options produce data that can be used in the methods described by this blog post.) You will see that CUSIP codes could have been chosen instead of PERMNO, but I suggest PERMNO where possible — there can be confusion over CUSIP codes sometimes, whether you need 6, 8, or 9-digit versions.

Eventus 4 - Fill in fields

Launch Eventus Cross-Sectional Analysis, fill in the fields and upload the prepared file

Choose your new text file to upload. Fill in the options as you require, including the event period and alternative windows.

Eventus 5 - download

Download the files produced by Eventus; the first is the most useful (*.sas7bdat)

When ready, click on the Submit Query button. The next screen can take a few seconds to load, but hopefully it will look like this (above). If not, read the error message and check what you entered on the previous screen.

You can download three files, but the first one is the most useful. It has a filename ending in .sas7bdat. This is a SAS dataset.

Opening or converting the results

If you have SAS installed on your computer, you can open the results file directly in that.

If you have SPSS instead, you can import the results file then export it to Excel format or CSV.

  • To launch SPSS, go to Start > IBM SPSS Statistics > IBM SPSS Statistics 22 (or 20).
  • To import in SPSS, use File > Open > Data and then Files of type: SAS (*.sas7bdat).
  • To export it from SPSS, use File > Save As and then Save as type: Excel 2007 through 2010 (*.xlsx) or Comma delimited (*.csv).
Eventus 6 - SPSS and Excel

Output from Eventus opened in IBM SPSS Statistics and exported to Microsoft Excel


This guide should help you to upload data to and download data from Eventus, ready for the next stage of your study. If you found this useful, or if you need further help explaining these steps, please leave a comment below.

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