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Wharton Research Data Services (WRDS)

Subject Guide

Katie Emery
Gast Business Library
Law College Building
Michigan State University
648 N. Shaw Lane, Room 50
East Lansing, MI 48824

WRDS Access

Wharton Research Data Services (WRDS) is only accessible to MSU faculty and graduate students.*

You must request an account to use it. Register for an account here:

Once you have an account, you may access WRDS from any computer here:

*There is a research assistant option that must have a supporting faculty member. Faculty may also create access for a class.

What is WRDS?

Wharton Research Data Services (WRDS) is a database interface that allows user to manipulate datasets to do research. The available datasets are heavy on finance.

Accessing the Data

WRDS may be accessed either through a web interface, a UNIX session via a Secure Shell (“SSH”) program, or using PC/SAS. More information: (Must log in to view.)

Web Interface

This is the most common and easiest way to access via It contains documentation and description of the datasets. There are also forms that will walk users through their queries. There are also ways to get help.

Unix & SSH

This is for more advanced users. Users should make an SSH connection to using their WRDS username and password. The help on the WRDS web site will have information on how to set it up. More information: (Must log in to view.)


This is for more advanced users. More information: (Must log in to view.)

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