Answered By: Edward Bilodeau
Last Updated: Oct 06, 2017     Views: 698

Wharton Research Data Services (WRDS) is a research platform that you can use to access a variety of databases related to accounting, banking, economics, finance, ESG, and statistics.

See also: Listing of databases currently available on WRDS.


How to create a WRDS account

If you are an undergraduate student:

Enter your McGill email on the WRDS landing page.

You will then receive an email message from WRDS with a temporary password that you can use to access the database.


If you are a graduate student or faculty member:

You can register for a WRDS account. Once your status has been verified, your account will be activated (typically within 24 hours).


How to access WRDS

Once you have a WRDS account, you can access the WRDS web interface from this link:

Wharton Research Data Services (WRDS)

Graduate students and faculty members with a persistent WRDS account can also use Secure Shell Client (SSH) and a terminal application access and use WRDS from a command line.


How to use WRDS

Note: You must be logged in to WRDS to access these help resources.

WRDS provides a number of resources to help you to learn how to use the platform.

A few specific resources that you will want to consult include:

Each of the databases has a step-by-step query page that guides you through the process of querying data. Each also has online documentation and guides to help you to understand the scope and use of the database.

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