Princeton University Library
Pliny Fisk Library of Economics & Finance


USING Global Insight (WEB version)

  Go to http://library.princeton.edu/catalogs/restricted/globalinsight.php

DATA

Click on Data-Insight Web on the left hand side of the screen.

  Search options:

Under Historical (category used most often)

  Do a keyword search
or
  Choose Global Economy (non-United States or international comparative) In this module one can choose the level of geography, concept (macroeconomic area or issuing IMF or OECD agency), or issuing source by country. Help is available for accessing International Financial Statistics, Direction of Trade Statistics, and Balance of Payment Statistics.
or
  Financial Markets In this module one can choose the level of geography, concept (type of instrument), issuing source by country, or classification (GICS or SIC).
or
  U.S. Economy (national level) In this module one can choose concept (type of economic indicator), issuing source, or classification scheme.
or
  U.S. Regional (sub-national level) In this module one can choose the level of geography, concept (type of economic indicator), issuing source, or classification scheme. Also see UNITED STATES SUBNATIONAL DATA below.

Under Global Insight Data (forecasts and industry specific)

  Do a keyword search
or
  Choose "Telecoms" or "Healthcare and Pharma" (industry data).
or
  U.S. Regional (sub-national level)

  Do not specify frequency unless you must have very high frequency data. Note most economic data is quarterly if not annual.

 Select the items you want by highlighting them. Use Shift-Enter for items that fall in a row. Use CTRL-Enter for non consecutive items.

 Create a Workbook by exporting all or selected data to Excel .

 Drag the highlighted series to the workbook. Note that you are restricted to the columnar limits imposed by Excel.

MARKET RESEARCH

Click on named links for thehealth care and pharmaceuticals or telecommunications industries in Category Selector.

ECONOMIC FORECASTS

Click on U.S. Economy or U.S. Regional (depending on level of geography needed) in Category Selector for forecasts.

UNITED STATES SUBNATIONAL DATA

United States subnational data are split between U.S. Regional in Category Selector and U.S. Regional in Data Insight Web. Data Insight Web tends to be stronger for state level data, while Category Selector tends to be stronger for county or metropolitan area data. Subnational forecasts are only available in U.S. Regional in Category Selector.

 

Global Insight is also available as a client-based desktop application which must be installed. While the downloading capabilities of the client-based application are more flexible, not all databases in the WEB version are contained in the client version. The industry, forecast, and market research databases are not in the client version.

Last updated August 16, 2013