See below for answers to frequently asked questions about the FLC, our databases, and our services.
Where can I find the FLC’s hours?
How can I check if the FLC is booked for classes or workshops?
FLC staff post a calendar that displays the week’s bookings on the FLC doors each Monday. This calendar is updated throughout the week if there has been a change in the FLC schedule.
In addition, you can find our schedule on our website by going to our Homepage>Hours and Location>FLC Calendar.
You can also email email@example.com to inquire about availability.
Does the FLC hire students?
Yes, the FLC hires 4-7 Student Assistants every year, depending on turnover.
How do I apply to be a student assistant at the FLC?
The FLC Student Assistant positions are typically posted through the Career Centre and on the FLC website in July. You can also email firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line ‘FLC Job Posting Notification’ in order to be notified by email when the postings go live.
If you'd like to know more about the positions, or what it’s like to work at the FLC, feel free to speak with one of our FLC Student Assistants or FLC staff. You can also email the IMI librarian at email@example.com to request an appointment or information.
Where can I get research help for my courses and assignments?
All subject areas and some courses (but not all) may have a research guide. Look for these in the Starting Points section on the home page of the UTM Library website. Please note all Management- and IMI graduate program-related guides are found here. Guides for Economics are found here.
FLC student assistants can provide basic research help. Please ask for assistance at the help desk by the door.
For more in-depth help, you can book a research consultation with an IMI Librarian by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Please provide the following information:
- the course or program related to the question
- what you are trying to research - be as specific as possible
- what databases or website you have already consulted
- some suggested dates and times for an appointment
If your question involves a library database, e.g. Factiva or EconLit, you can also visit the Reference and Research Desk at the library for assistance.
Which database and software programs are available to students on the FLC's workstations?
For a complete list of all the databases and software available on the FLC’s computers, please refer to this listing.
I’m having problems accessing some library resources I need and am getting an error message. Is there someone at the FLC I can talk to?
If you’re having trouble accessing library resources, email email@example.com. You can also drop by the lab to connect with a Student Assistant or an IMI Librarian to discuss your issue(s).
Alternatively, you can email firstname.lastname@example.org as we may not be able to troubleshoot some issues.
Can I get help with my research for a case competition at the FLC?
For help with case competition research, book a research consultation with an IMI Librarian by emailing email@example.com.
Where can I find data?
Start by looking at the guides in the Starting Points section on the home page of the UTM Library website. These almost always highlight subject- or program-specific data sources.
You can also check out the UTM Library’s Data and Statistics page.
If you are still not finding what you need, book an appointment with an IMI Librarian by email firstname.lastname@example.org.
What kind of career help does the FLC provide?
FLC staff can help you prepare for interviews by connecting you with useful databases and resources for company, industry and people research.
We can also help students generate lists of companies within specific sectors to target for independent job search or information interviews.
We can also connect you with general careers information in the sectors associated with the subject or program areas we support, e.g. management, economics, biotechnology, sustainability management, etc.
For more personalized career help, however, we recommend visiting your department or program’s Careers Officer, or UTM’s Career Centre. The staff there can help you prepare for interviews, build a better resume, and provide you with customized job search advice.
How do I access FactSet off-campus?
FactSet provides all UTM students with free FactSet Connect accounts, which provide off-campus access to this database.
To request your own FactSet Connect account ID, please email the FLC at email@example.com and provide the following information:
- Your first name and last name
- Your UofT email address (e.g. firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Your program of study (e.g. Commerce, MBiotech)
- Your expected date of graduation (e.g. June 2019)
Please keep in mind that it can take a few days to get a response to your request. You will receive an email from FactSet. Follow the instructions to register and to download the software to your computer. Once you have registered, FactSet will send a second email with your login and password. Monitor your email carefully for these emails as they sometimes get flagged as junk.
NOTE: FactSet Connect ONLY works on the following browsers: Internet Explorer, Safari, and older versions of Firefox (versions 51.1 and older). You will NOT be able to use FactSet on Chrome or on new versions of Firefox (versions 51.2 and up).
How/where can I get help using FactSet?
FLC Student Assistants are available to get you started using FactSet or to help with basic research using this database.
New users of FactSet are encouraged to look at the resources available through the ‘Learning Portal’ tab.
Accessing the Learning Portal:
- Click on the Learning Portal tab on the FactSet top menu
- Click on the 'Catalog' link to see a list of the available learning resources, including instructional videos, on the FactSet lefthand menu.
- Within the 'Catalog,', you should be able to see playlists of videos designed for academic (student) users of FactSet.
- For specific questions, click on the '?' on the top right-hand toolbar and select “Online Assistant”, which provides users with context-sensitive help.
- For tipsheets, click on the '?' on the top right-hand toolbar and select "FactSet Tipsheet", which provides users with tipsheets created by FactSet.
- For live help, click on the '?' on the top right-hand toolbar and select "Contact Us", which provides users with telephone numbers and an email address for FactSet's help desk. FactSet provides user support 24x7 and usually responds very quickly to questions or issues.
What FactSet certifications are available to students? How can I get those certifications?
FactSet offers a certificate in financial modelling through their Financial Analysis Knowledge Base, a 19-chapter program which features interactive model-building exercises to develop financial analysis and Microsoft Excel skills.
For more information about FactSet’s certification program, check out our Quick Start Guide for this database.
How/where can I get help using Bloomberg?
The FLC Student Assistants are available to get you started on Bloomberg or help with basic research
For more complex questions, Bloomberg offers extensive online help, as well as a Live Help tool where a Bloomberg staff member will respond with any questions you may have within one business day.
- To access the Help Guide, press the green ‘Help’ <F1> key once.
- To access the Live Help, press the Help <F1> key twice, then click "Help Desk". A window will launch with a form where you can submit your question and your email (please note: you must submit your utoronto.ca email).
What Bloomberg Certifications are available for students? How can I get those certifications?
Bloomberg offers a certification program called Bloomberg Market Concepts (BMC). BMC is a self-paced e-learning course that provides a video-based introduction to the essentials of the capital markets. BMC comprises 4 modules with 120 assessment questions. The four modules cover Economic Indicators, Currencies, Fixed Income, and Equities.
For more information about BMC, check out our Quick Start Guide for this database.
Please note that BMC is available for free to UTM students but must be completed on a Bloomberg terminal in the FLC.
Can I get help using Excel at the FLC?
Please consult our Excel Learning Resources. This online guide provides links to books and other quality online resources for the beginner- and intermediate-level users of Excel.
FLC Student Assistants will also be happy to assist you.
Where can I get help with citations?
Almost all guides for Economics and Management & IMI listed in the Starting Points section of the home page of UTM Library website have a section with citation help.