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WRDS: Wharton Research Data Services



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WRDS (pronounced like "words") is a web-based business data research service from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.  WRDS content is intended to be used solely for research and instructional purposes.

WRDS is under the jurisdiction of The Paul Merage School of BusinessThe Merage School sponsors and administers WRDS for the UCI community.  

Please direct WRDS questions to the IT Department at the Merage School.


Merage School Researchers,
Access Instructions

Other UCI researchers, 
Access Instructions
  1.  Log into the Catalyst E-Library page.

  2. Scroll down for the WRDS login information, which is routinely changed

  1. Master’s students should be prepared to name a faculty advisor in order to have their registration approved. 
  2. Go to the WRDS login page.
  3. Click on Register.  In the Subscriber dropdown menu, choose University of California- Irvine- Paul Merage School of Business.
  4. Include your @UCI email address as you fill out the form.
  5. The Merage School IT staff will review your request.  You should receive confirmation that your account has been approved within a few days.

Tip:  Do I need to use WRDS?  

WRDS is mostly for faculty and doctoral students doing advanced research that requires lots of of granular or time-series data.  If you're not doing that type of research, then the UCI Libraries have many other databases with similar information; plus they're relatively easier to use too!

For database recommendations, look under the menus such as COMPANY and FINANCE, located on the Business and Economics Research Guides. 



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