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Business *: Financial Database Guides

A guide to business research at USC.

Financial Databases


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
  • Bloomberg Market Concepts (BMC): Bloomberg's course on market concepts and certification
  • Job Listings on Bloomberg
  • M&A on Bloomberg

Bloomberg terminals are located in the Accounting Library, the Gaughan & Tiberti Library located in Fertitta Hall, 1st  Floor) & JKP Computer Lab


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 Prices  (price, returns, and volumes)
  • Fama French Liquidity & Liquidity Factors
  • Federal Reserve Bank
  • First Call
  • GSIOnline
  • I/B/I/S - Target price, forecasts, consensus estimates, etc.  by analysts - Integrated with Thomson Reuters' First Call, now discontinued (2012)
  • Penn World Tables
  • SEC Order Execution
  • TAQ (NYSE's Trades & Quotes)
  • Thomson Reuters - Trades and Ownership Databases, 13F, Mutual Funds & Issuers       

Thomson One

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

Use the attached guide for searching Analysts' reports and 'non broker' research reports from MarketLine and GlobalData that contain SWOT analysis.

Thomson One is only available via Internet Explorer 8, 9, or 11

SDC Platinum - Marshall students and faculty only

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.