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WRDS: Wharton Research Data Services: WRDS Help, Search Tips & Tutorials

WRDS, provided by the WSU College of Business, is a gateway to financial, accounting, banking, economics, management, and marketing data accessible through a single web-based interface from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

WRDS Help

After logging in, follow this link to see a WRDS Demo.

The WRDS web site offers the documentation and description of databases available. Each database is accompanied by a general description, various components of the database, descriptions of variables, and documentation. Users may also access the database using the query forms. Users can search and download information using these pages by entering their own search criteria.

Additional resources are available from any WRDS web page by clicking on the "support" tab located at the top of your screen. You will find several listings including:

  • WRDS FAQ: This resource contains the most detailed information on using WRDS, including a system overview, data content and access, and extensive help on using SAS and FORTAN programs to extract data.
  • SAS FAQ: This is an excellent resource for users just getting started with SAS.
  • Online Manuals: All electronic manuals published by vendor providers (i.e. CRSP) are available under this link.
  • Downloads: TCP script for connecting to WRDS via SAS/CONNECT
  • Restore Request: Electronic form to be submitted in the event output is lost.
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