Q. How do I navigate the IHS Global Insight database?


Before we dive in to navigation...

What is it?

IHS Global Insight provides coverage of regional, national, and international economic, financial, and commodity information. It includes historical data on macroeconomic variables such as national income accounts, balance of payments, foreign debt, interest and exchange rates, money supply and employment.

How do I get to it?

Click the Databases tab on the library homepage as pictured below, then the letter "I." Scroll down the next page to find the link.

Here is a direct link for your convenience: IHS Global Insight

Navigating IHS Global Insight

The default homepage that you will see includes a number of menus and links, some of which are functions that McDermott Library has elected not to subscribe to. 

The economic data and statistics we use this database for can be accessed through the DataInsight-Web button, as shown below.


Click this button and wait for it to connect in a new window. If it doesn't open, disable your pop up blocker.

The default search method is a Keyword Search, with an expandable menu below the search box for advanced search qualifiers like Data Source, Frequency of reported data, or Mnemonic searching. Alternatively, you might try searching by data group. These options are on the far left, under the Historical heading (pictured below).


The keyword search supports combined terms. Start simple, then try adding a word if your results are too broad. This may require several searches to learn what works best.

In this example, we searched real estate dallas. Among 22 results, we found a report of median sales prices from the National Association of Realtors that includes quarterly figures from 1989 to present day. 

Click the desired report and find the Export Selected button at the bottom of the page to send the data to an Excel Spreadsheet.



For additional support with this or any other library resource, click the Chat button, or visit us at the Research Services desk on the 2nd floor.

  • Last Updated Apr 02, 2018
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  • Answered By Matt Young

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