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Companies Research Guide

How-to company research videos


This video is an introduction to the financial database Compustat accessed through the WRDS platform. Covers dataset selection and use of the Compustat search form.





Finding and Comparing Company Financial Ratios

Demonstration on using the library database Mergent Online to find and compare public company financial ratios.



How to build a list of industry businesses using Mergent Online.

Using the example of wineries in California, this video demonstrates how to use the database Mergent Online to create a list of businesses by industry and location.



Introduction to CRSP

An overview and short demonstration of searching the Center for Research in Security Prices database (CRSP) as accessed through the Wharton Research Data Services platform.


Introduction to ExecuComp

Using two sample searches, this video demonstrates how to access and search this popular U.S. executive compensation resource.


Introduction to WRDS

This video introduces the viewer to Wharton Research Data Services (WRDS). Topics covered include types of WRDS accounts, a brief description of two popular databases within WRDS, and how to access WRDS from CSUMB.