Using Global Insight Created by Lara SkellyFor University of Cape Town Libraries August 2010
Background• Global Insight is not a database.• It is a platform for exploring other databases.• Which databases these are depends on your institutions subscriptions.• It is also known as Time Series Explorer (TSE),• and EconoStat.• This presentation explains how to use Global Insight.
Go to www.globalinsight.co.za
Click on the Login in the top right corner.
Log in with your institutions log-in details.
If you are UCT staff or student, contactLara.Skelly@uct.ac.za for log-in details.
This page will appear after logging in.
Click on Search.
You will then see a list of data sources that is available to your institution.
Step 1: Select how you want to search for your data (browse or search).
Step 1: Select your data source (CSS: StatisticsSouth Africa releases is used in this example).
Step 1: Then click on Search.
Step 2: If you had chosen the search option, this screen will appear.
Step 2: Type in some keywords (CPI is used in this example), and click on Search.
Step 3: Your results will be shown.
Step 3: Select the series of interest, and click on Next.
Step 2: If you had chosen the Browse option in Step 1, this is the screen you will see.
Step 2: Browse through the files tofind the series you are interested in
Step 4: Your selected series will be displayed. Change dates as needed and click on Next.
Step 5: Choose your format, and click on Getresults. Note that CSV formats can be opened in Excel and other econometric software.
Here is the result of the example that was used.
Notice that there was nofrequency selection option. This isbecause Global Insight will provide any and all frequencies that isavailable, be it monthly, quarterly,yearly or any combination thereof.
Need more help? Ask a librarian. Email Lara.Skelly@uct.ac.za. Picture by Carlos Porto (Flickr)