The new, now available version of Datastream Navigator offers an additional search option: the free text search. You see a google-like search bar where you can enter your search terms. In the result screen you can refine the results by using the panel at the left side of the screen: you can limit for example in the Equities data category with market, currency, exchange and type. When you scroll over a result you’ll see more background information (when available), including a chart.
This free text search is especially useful in the Economics data category – when you search for example for CPI, you can then refine your search by adding a source, market, frequency etc.
The Advanced Search and the Explorer search are still available, you can find the links in the right upper corner. The free text search is NOT available for Options and Futures. Unfortunately, the Navigator is still only available in Internet Explorer.
More information can be found here.