There are three search methods to search into WRDS:
Note! In this guide main focus will be on the "Browser-based Access".
1) Web Queries (available to all Account Types)
WRDS offers a common interface and consistent data format across all databases or datasets. Start by selecting a database from the Current Subscription list on the left menu. Then narrow down to a desired dataset.
On the search form, proceed with the following:
2) Connecting Remotely (access to the following Account Types: Faculty and Ph.D)
WRDS data is further accessible remotely from the comfort of your workstation or laptop, through many popular programming applications.
You can connect to WRDS and access WRDS datasets in the following interactive applications:
Look here for more information on Programming at WRDS
3) The WRDS Cloud (access to the following Account Types: Faculty and Ph.D)
WRDS also provides a high performance computing cluster we call the WRDS Cloud. This system gives you command-line access to a powerful research computing system that provides direct access to all of our data, and includes support for many powerful research programming languages.
The WRDS Cloud is accessible via SSH, a way of easily and securely connecting to WRDS. Once connected, you'll be able to access WRDS data directly in your favorite programming languages. Languages supported on the WRDS Cloud:
Firefox, Chrome, Safari or Internet Explorer (IE7 or greater).
When you have a compatible web browser you have access to a wide array of data using the same web-based interface on all datasets / databases.
How to run a web query in four steps:
Web query has the same general format for all databases in WRDS.
You need to complete four steps before submitting your request. For the largest databases, choosing the entire database is not an option because of the size of the databases, which exceed 2GB.
The WRDS web site offers the documentation and description of all databases available.
Each database is accompanied by a general description, various components of the database, descriptions of variables, access to
Get data: You may also access the datasets using this query form. Here you can find datasets by browsing in the subject list.
Search WRDS: here you can search and download information by entering your own search criteria. In Advanced Search you can
Additional resources are available from any WRDS web page by clicking on the "support" tab located at the top of your screen. You will