The Bloomberg workstation provides business and financial professionals with the tools and data they need on a single, all-inclusive platform. Bloomberg is an online database available only on a dedicated Bloomberg workstation, providing 24-hour current and historical financial quotes. These quotes include: stock, bond, option, futures, warrants, swaps, commodities, currencies, mortgage backed securities, asset backed securities, indexes, mutual funds (open and closed), exchange traded funds, credit default swaps, etc. Also available are: economic statistics, analyst reports/research, credit rating information, country information, portfolio analytics, scenario analysis, spot rate/ yield curve information, business newswires, and descriptive information, research and statistics. Bloomberg provides financial market news, economic data, research, analytics, company financial as well as data on more than 5 million bonds, equities, commodities currencies, and funds, including real-time data over 129 countries and 250 exchanges. It covers almost every publicly-traded company in the world and has profiles on more than a million people.
There are over 20,000 different commands (called mnemonics) available to the user. Bloomberg also has a great job listing resource available, with lots of finance industry postings. Bloomberg has an online "university" that can be accessed and courses taken for certification in equities and/or fixed income, free of charge. You may be able to use Bloomberg for your classes for research.
The Pace University library provides information on the Bloomberg workstations (e.g. how to log onto the terminals, how to create a username, etc.). Visit Basic Instructions for the Bloomberg Database for more information.