Financial Databases Help Guides: Bloomberg

"How to Guides' for selected Financial Databases including Bloomberg, Capital IQ, Thomson One, WRDS.

Bloomberg Support Documentation

Bloomberg Market Concepts (BMC) Course

Bloomberg Market Concepts (BMC) is an 8 hour self-paced e-learning course that provides a visual introduction to the financial markets. BMC consists of 4 modules – Economics, Currencies, Fixed Income and Equities – woven together from Bloomberg data, news, analytics and television. 73 terminal functions are covered.  Bloomberg Market Concepts (BMC) is an 8 - 10 hour self-paced e-learning course that provides a visual introduction to the financial markets.

Access: Once you have logged into Bloomberg using your own username and password,  Enter BMC <GO> 

Add Bloomberg to your resume

>> Receive a certificate of completion after completing BMC
>> Demonstrate your comfort with the gold standard data platform

Bloomberg Terminal Locations

Users must come in and use the terminals on-site.  There are Bloomberg terminals supported by the USC Marshall School for Business in these locations:

  • 4  in the Gaughan & Tiberti LIbrary located in Fertitta Hall on the 1st Floor
  • 1 in the Accounting Library
  • 2 are located in JKP Computer Lab,3nd floor Room 300
  • 3 are in Bridge Hall with limited use for Investment Studies students (2nd floor)

If you are a current USC student, faculty or staff, but not a member of Marshall, you will need to ask for a "guest login" to use the terminal.

Bloomberg Access - Limited to current Marshall faculty, students and staff

Bloomberg - A more complete Bloomberg Guide can be found here

Disaster Recovery Bloomberg, or Bloomberg DR: Bloomberg DR provides students with virtual access and will be available through December 31, 2021.Bloomberg DR is only available to current Marshall faculty, staff and students only. Instruction for getting your own virtual accounts can be found on the Gaughan & Tiberti page via the MyMarshall site. You must have a MyMarshall ID and password for access.


You will want to create your own account so you can:

  • Save your work
  • Communicate with Bloomberg (press HELP key twice)
  • Look for employment opportunities
  • Communicate with other Bloomberg users
  • Take the Certification courses (BMC)

To create your own account:

Open up Bloomberg and press GO.

Select 'Create a New Login' - If you do not see this option, press the RED CONN-Defaut key on the upper right side of the keyboard (above the DEL key).  Do not use the Marshall login on the Bloomberg Keyboard.  When prompted for the username/password, SELECT THE LINK TO CREATE A NEW USER

Fill in the data as requested. It is best to use your mobile phone so you can receive the verification code quickly.

Be sure to write down your Bloomberg ID and password, this is between you and Bloomberg, if you forget it, you will need to contact Bloomberg directly.