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Nora Wood
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Business Data Sets

Providing links to and information about the business data sets available to the USF community.


The University of South Florida Libraries subscribes to a host of business and financial numerical databases.  They are available through the WRDS platform as well as in Datastream Advance.  Information about all of these resources can be found on this subject guide by clicking on the tabs.

What is WRDS?

Wharton Research Data Services (WRDS) is a web-based 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 260 institutions around the world.

WRDS is the de facto standard for business data, providing researchers worldwide with instant access to financial, economic, and marketing data though a uniform, web-based interface. This hosted data service has become the locus for quantitative data research and is recognized by the academic and financial research community around the world as the leading business intelligence tool.

If you already have an account, please click here to access the WRDS suite of datasets.


Individual WRDS accounts are offered to standing faculty, full-time research staff, currently-enrolled Ph.D. students, and full-time Masters students at Subscriber institutions. Access and individual accounts for research assistants, visiting scholars, and other non-permanent faculty is offered at Wharton Research Data Service's discretion. Access by other types of students is limited to class accounts, and special IP authenticated access within the library or computer lab, as provided by Wharton Research Data Services. Please note: Our WRDS policy prohibits undergraduate/Masters students from accessing WRDS during the extended break between semesters.  If you have questions about this resource, please contact Matt Torrence at, or by phone at 813-974-2779.