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Wharton Research Data Services (WRDS)

An overview of the WRDS platform and available data sets.

How to Access the WRDS website

There are two ways to access the WRDS website:

1. Use the Account Holder Sign-In Link

Brock University faculty, undergraduate students, graduate students, and research assistants are eligible to request an individual WRDS account. Please note: Only Instructors or Faculty members can request a class account.

An explanation of WRDS account types may be found at: https://wrds-www.wharton.upenn.edu/pages/support/getting-started/wrds-account-types/

  • To register for a WRDS account, please complete the online registration form.
    • Choose a username and password.
    • Enter your first name and last name.
    • Enter your Brock University email address.
    • Choose Brock University from the Subscriber list.
    • Choose an account type from the drop down list of User types. 
    • Choose an Expiration Date.
    • Enter your Department affilation. 
    • Confirm that you are not a robot (Captcha)
    • Submit the form to register for WRDS. 
  • Your account request will be sent to the WRDS Administrator for Brock University, who will review the request and approve it (usually within 24 hours, or one business day, Mondays-Fridays). 
  • Once your account request has been approved, you will receive an email message from WRDS with further instructions.
  • No Summer Access? Please note that by default, all WRDS Masters/Undergraduate student accounts do not include summer access. If you are a currently registered student who requires access to WRDS for course-related or research purposes during the Spring/Summer academic terms, please email llowry@brocku.ca (and cc;your professor or advisor) to request Summer Access to your WRDS account.

2. Use the Day Pass Access Link

  • Brock University researchers may also access WRDS via the Day Pass access method.
  • Users who are off-campus will be prompted to sign in with a valid Brock University ID and Password, prior to being asked by WRDS to enter a valid Brock University email account address.
  • They will then receive an email from WRDS with the subject “WRDS Day Pass” which will include a link with a “connection string” for direct access to WRDS. Please note that it may take up to 30 minutes to receive this email. Please be patient!
  • Each WRDS Day Pass is valid for a 24 hour period, and is valid for Brock University's IP address range (e.g., on-campus access via the Brock University Wireless network or a computer lab) .

Ways to use or access WRDS

WRDS datasets may be accessed via the WRDS web interface. Datasets may also be accessed via a number of methods:

  • The WRDS Cloud via SSH. Once connected, access to datasets via common programming applications including SAS, Python, R, or Stata.
  • Remote connections via common programming applications including SAS via PC-SAS/Connect; Python via Jupyter Notebooks, R via RStudio, Matlab, or Stata.

The Support section of the WRDS website provides detailed information on each access method.