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Datastream Advance (DSA): Introduction

This guide will help you to get familiar with Thomson Reuters Datastream Advance (DSA)

Introduction to DSA

Important Note

Datastream Advance is no longer available in the Library, please contact for enquiries. This guide will not be updated anymore (last update: 01/01/2016).



Thomson Datastream provides current and historical time series data on equities, stock indices, bonds, derivatives, commodities, exchange rates and economic data. Two platforms (Datastream Windows and Datastream Advance) are available. The Library also subscribes to Worldscope; a comprehensive company dataset which covers:

  • Annual and interim/quarterly data for more than 50,000 companies incorporated in over 70 countries.
  • Detailed historical financial statement contents (e.g. Current Assents and Current Liabilities).
  • Extensive per share data (e.g. EPS, BVPS, CFPS, etc) and calculated ratios (e.g. 5-yr averages for growth rates, profitability, etc).



Datastream Advance search interface is divided into areas where you set your parameters, run searches and view results.

DS Search Interface


DSA Help

Online Help

A comprehensive online help is available on both Datastream Advance and Advance for Office (AFO)

  • Datastream Advance - select Help > Contents
  • Advance for Office - select Add-Ins > Datastream -AFO > Online Manuals > User Guide


  • Manuals are also available on the station Desktop > Datastream Manuals folder.

Subject Guide

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