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WRDS - Wharton Research Data Services

WRDS is a web-based business data research service from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

What is WRDS?

Wharton Research Data Services (WRDS) is a business data research service from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Developed in 1993 to support faculty research at Wharton, the service has evolved to become a common tool for research for over 290 institutions around the world.   
WRDS provides a single interface to access Compustat, CRSP, Global Insight and other large financial and economic data files. Use of these files requires registration and is restricted to University of Massachusetts Lowell faculty, students and staff. Register with your UML email address.

WRDS is designed specifically for research requiring the use and manipulation of large data files and is used primarily by graduate students and faculty. Undergraduates wishing to use WRDS should talk to a faculty member to ensure that it is appropriate to their research.

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WRDS Access Instructions

All faculty, students, and staff must submit a request to receive their individual username and password to access the WRDS search interface. Please follow instructions below.  

Note: it may take up to a full business day for WRDS to process your request for an account.

  1. Go to the WRDS Registration page 
  2. Fill out the account request form. Select the University of Massachusetts Lowell from the pull down menu and select the appropriate option for account type. Use your UML email address, not a gmail or other account.
  3. Click the "SUBMIT" button.
  4. You will receive your username and a link to set your password via email within a few days.

Introduction to WRDS Research Databases

Research Data Overview of WRDS from Wharton Research Data Services on Vimeo.

If you cannot access the above video, you can watch it here