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Financial Databases Help Guides   Tags: accounting, business, economics, finance  

"How to Guides' for selected Financial Databases including Bloomberg, Capital IQ, Thomson One, WRDS.
Last Updated: Dec 10, 2014 URL: Print Guide RSS UpdatesEmail Alerts
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Detailed instructions for Bloomberg can be found on the Bloomberg Research Guide:

  • Bloomberg authored guides and  Cheat Sheets
  • How to Create an Account
  • How to find Company and Industry data on Bloomberg
  • How Get Certified (learn Bloomberg and become a certifed user)
  • Job Listings on Bloomberg
  • M&A on Bloomberg

Bloomberg terminals are located in the Accounting LIbrary, Crocker Library (Hoffman Hall, 2nd Floor) & JKP Computer Lab


Thomson One

Equities information and Wall Street analyst reports, news and financial information on companies and industries.

Use the attached guide for searching Analsyt's reports and reports from MarketLine and GlobalData that contain SWOT analysis.


SDC Platinum

Find data on M&A's, IPOS's, global new issues and venture capital funding. For access instructions and a step-by-step guide to creating an M&A report, please see attached instructions. 


Capital IQ Help Guides

Capital IQ terminals are located in the Crocker Library and JKP Lab (2nd Floor).  Students can get an account only when professors request an account for them.  This is mostly reserved for those who are in a finance or accounting class.

Use Capital IQ to access detailed financial and transactions data on companies.  Users can screen for companies meeting user defined criteria on numerous datapoints (e.g. Companies in a specific industry with an market cap of $1 billion; or Mergers & Acquisitions that meet specific criteira that can be used as 'comps.'

Capital IQ has information on public and private companies.


Wharton Research Data Service - WRDS

Collection of databases designed for standardized quantitative analysis. Available datasets include:

  • CBOE Indexes
  • Compustat - Annual & Quarterly Fundamentals, Accounting data, Security data and 'Other Data' 
  • CRISP - Comprehensive Research in Securities Pricses  (price, returns, and volums)
  • Fama French Liquidity & Liquidity Factors
  • Federal Reserve Bank
  • First Call
  • GSIOnline
  • I/B/I/S - Target price, forecasts, concencus estimates, etc.  by analysts - Integrated with Thomson Reuters' First Call, now discontinued (2012)
  • Penn World Tables
  • SEC Order Exectuion
  • TAQ (NYSE's Trades & Quotes)
  • Thomson Reuters - Trades and Onwnership Databases, 13F, Mutual Funds & Inssers       

Business Librarian

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Helga Haraldsson
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Crocker Business Library
USC Marshall School of Business
701 Hoffman Hall, HOH 201E
(213) 740-0050

Head, Crocker Business Library and Accounting Library

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John E. Juricek
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Crocker Business Library
USC Marshall School of Business
Hoffman Hall 201
(213) 740-7621
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Business Information Specialist

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Kimberly Esser
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Crocker Business Library
HOH 201F
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Business Librarian

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Eduardo Tinoco
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Science & Engineering Library
Seaver Science Center
910 Bloom Walk, SSL 202
Los Angeles, CA 90089-0481

213 740 9167
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