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What is Datasteram?

Datastream is a financial database with over 35 million individual instruments or indicators across all major asset classes, including 8.5 million active economic indicators. It features 65 years of data, across 175 countries. Data spans bond indices, bonds, commodities, convertibles, credit default swaps, derivatives, economics, energy, equities, equity indices, ESG, estimates, exchange rates, fixed income, funds, fundamentals, interest rates, and investment trusts. Unique content includes I/B/E/S Estimates aggregates, Worldscope Fundamentals Point in Time data, and Reuters Polls.

The library subscribes to two versions of Datastream: Datastream Eikon (which is the more comprehensive) and Datastream on WRDS.


Datastream on WRDS

Datastream  on WRDS (Wharton Research Data Services) includes some, not all, of Datastream  data. It is on the WRDS platlform  WRDS accounts are available, at no charge, to George Washington University faculty members, students, and staff.  In addition, George Washington University  faculty members may set up accounts for their classes at no charge.  An account is necessary to access the databases on the WRDS platform.  An account can be requested  at   Once one has a WRDS account, one can access  any databases on the WRDS platform to which the library or the School of Business subscribes .To get to Datastream on WRDS log on to WRDS and click on the Thomson/Rifinitiv link. Then scroll down to Datastream.  There is a link to Datastream manuals in the filter column to the right. 

Datastream Eikon

Instructions for Accessing Datastream Eikon and the Eikon Datastream Add-In for Excel on the GW Library Virtual Computers

  1. Follow the instructions for Remote Access (not Virtual Computer Lab) on the Remote Access to Software page.

  1. Select either of the two remote access Windows computers. 


  1. Once connected and logged on to one of these computers, go to the Start Menu  in the bottom left and type Eikon. Then select Refinitiv Eikon - EXCEL.  

  1. You should see there is a Refinitiv Eikon AddIn installed on the EXCEL toolbar. Click that, and select Sign In

  1. Request the username and password from the research Librarians. 

  2. After verifying that you are connected, close EXCEL. Then repeat Step 3 and reopen it. 

  3. You should now see a Refinitiv Eikon Datastream add-in as well as the Refinitive Eikon add-in.

  4. Ensure you are still connected on the Refinitiv Eikon add-in, and click on the Eikon Datastream add-in in Excel. 




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