Vol. 2, No. 1 Fall 2004


WRDS and COMPUSTAT, Premier Business Databases

This fall the library acquired a subscription to Wharton Research Data Services (WRDS), an innovative Web-based gateway to business data. WRDS gives faculty and students the ability to easily retrieve information from a wide variety of financial, economic, and marketing data sources. Developed in 1993 to support faculty research at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, the service is now used by many of the most highly-rated business schools, including Harvard, Duke and the London School of Business. Although WRDS provides access to a variety of databases, it is best known for its holdings of historical financial data from CRSP and COMPUSTAT.

According to their user's guide, "COMPUSTAT North America is a database of financial, statistical and market information covering publicly traded companies in the U.S. and Canada. It provides more than 340 annual and 120 quarterly Income Statement, Flow of Funds and supplemental data items on more than 10,000 active and 9,700 inactive companies. With COMPUSTAT you can customize the data output for virtually any financial application." In addition, the COMPUSTAT Global & EMDB databases provide information on international companies in over 80 countries, as well as information and statistics on stock markets in developing countries. WRDS is unique among our business databases in its ability to custom-query the COMPUSTAT database and thus allow users to build custom data tables that they can output and save in a variety of formats.

While COMPUSTAT provides company information, the CRSP databases contain security price data. CRSP is a research center at the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business, and it maintains historical data from December 1925 to the present. The library plans to add access to CRSP in January 2005. If you would like more information or training using the WRDS database, please contact the Reference Desk at 410-617-6802 or askemail@loyola.edu.

 

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