Research Databases

About our databases

Research databases are provided for research students and staff of the Faculty of Business and Economics. These can be accessed in the FBE Research Databases Facility, Upper Ground South (Graduate Space), Giblin Eunson Library. See below for brief descriptions of some of the databases, and any special access advice during COVID.

Researchers attending campus to access databases in the FBE Research Databases Facility, must observe all Return to Campus training and requirements, outlined here and follow the bookings procedures below for individual database terminals. Workstation cleaning procedures are clearly displayed in the databases facility.

Bookings are essential.

Students book via FBE Research Databases Facility Computer Booking System (

Staff book via email to so that we may book on your behalf.

Note: Use of the electronic resources made available by the Faculty of Business and Economics is restricted by licence to members of the Faculty community for the purposes of research, teaching and study. Commercial use and systematic downloading, copying or distributing of information are expressly prohibited. Users are individually responsible for compliance with these terms.

Click here to view a list of all FBE Databases and information on how they are accessed.

Additional general databases are available through the Giblin Eunson Library via the Catalogue and can be accessed from any PC with Internet access. Note that user authentication is required when accessed off campus.

BLOOMBERG Professional®

Bloomberg Professional® data service is a real-time financial information network. This online database provides flexible access to the complete financial database for use in custom applications, real time prices, history, news, analytics and research for global financial markets. Bloomberg Professional® data service collects data for 3.7 million securities across all markets worldwide. The markets covered include government and corporate bonds, mortgage, money-market, indices, currency, commodities and equities.

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DATASTREAM - Thomson Reuters (Financial)

DataStream contains international financial, economic, stock market and company data, including coverage of equities, stock market and bond indices, economic statistics, foreign exchange rates, interest rates, fixed income instruments and derivatives.

Extensive worldwide economic data for governments and international organizations such as the IMF and OECD also are included. Information can be displayed and analyzed statistically against user-defined criteria and downloaded to a spreadsheet.

ASSET4 ESG (Environmental, Social, Governance) data is now available on Datastream - company-level social responsibility data on ~4,000 companies worldwide.

Temporary remote access during COVID-19 is available. Faculty staff and students can request this here.

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IRESS provides a range of information about Australian and New Zealand equities and equity derivative markets including:

  • real time ASX, NZSX, options market and SFE quotes
  • full market depth information
  • news and company reports
  • market summary information (top movers, market capitalisation, index contribution)
  • comprehensive historical time series database
  • powerful and historical and real-time charting capabilities
  • integration with other applications (e.g. Excel)

Online Training:

Temporary remote access during COVID-19 is available. Faculty staff and students can request this here.

SDC Platinum™ - Thomson Reuters (Financial)

SDC Platinum™ is a collection of databases with information on financial transactions. SDC Platinum™ offers an extensive query and report database for the private equity industry and buyout financing.

Collection of databases includes:

  • SDC Global New Issues
  • SDC Mergers & Acquisitions
  • SDC VentureXpert
  • SDC Corporate Restructurings

Temporary remote access during COVID-19 is available. Faculty staff and students can request this here.

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SIRCA Data Services

SIRCA Data Services provide access to collection of databases via the Gateway platform.

The databases collection includes

  • Corporate Governance
    Includes SIRCA curated dataset for Australian listed companies covering directors, board committees, auditors, insider holdings, executive & director compensation & substantial shareholders.
  • ASX End of Day Price
    ASX Full Order Book information starting from 1997 till April 2016, ASX End of Day data covering 2014-2016.
  • Australian Company Announcements (ACA)
    Morningstar Announcements package includes daily ASX announcement feeds, announcements on periodic financial reports including market sensitive announcements.
  • Company Fundamentals
    Includes extensive coverage of more than 670 standard data points for all financial line items. Data is sourced from Morningstar directly from company balance sheets, income statements, statements of cash flows.

WRDS Data Services

Wharton Research Data Services, or WRDS, is a comprehensive web-based data management system that allows easy retrieval of information from a wide variety of financial, economic, and marketing data sources. WRDS provides historical financial data, as well as stock market indices, bond prices and interest rates, mutual fund and stock ownership information, options data, and a wide array of macroeconomic time series.

Honours and Masters by Coursework students can access WRDS is via a DayPass valid for 24 hours. Request a DayPass using the ‘Wharton Research Data Services’ icon on the desktop of PCs in the Research Databases Facility, Upper Ground South, Giblin Eunson Library. Note that you must provide a valid University of Melbourne email account, to which your login details are sent./
Faculty of Business and Economics staff and PhD/graduate research students may request individual WRDS accounts at Click on Register for a WRDS account. Note that you must provide a valid University of Melbourne email account.

Demonstration Access:
You can try out the interface and work with examples of datasets at

Online Support:
Online learning and instructional resources are available on the website, via the E-LEARNING tab, visible after connecting to WRDS. Further resources are available under the RESEARCH tab.

How do I perform a web query to extract data?
All databases on WRDS have a common web interface. In most cases you would complete these four steps to extract data:

  1. Select date range and frequency of the data
  2. Choose one of the 3 methods to search the database: Input identifiers into a box (i.e. tickers, CUSIPs) or, Attach a file with a list of identifiers, or, Search the entire database
  3. Select the output variables (i.e. prices, balance sheet items...)
  4. Choose the format of the output file (i.e. SAS, csv...)

COMPUSTAT - S & P Capital IQ

COMPUSTAT (from S & P Capital IQ) provides more than 300 annual and 100 quarterly Income Statement, Balance Sheet, Statement of Cash Flows, and supplemental data items on more than 24,000 publicly held US companies.

  • Compustat Historical Segment Files
  • Compustat Annual Backdata (1962-1981)
  • Compustat Annual Company Data (1982)
  • Compustat Monthly Prices Earnings & Dividends
  • Compustat Daily Prices Earnings & Dividends
  • Compustat Bank
  • Compustat Global
  • Compustat Emerging Markets (Legacy file only, to 2011)
  • Execucomp

The COMPUSTAT databases can be accessed via WRDS.

CRSP - Centre for Research in Security Prices

The Centre for Research in Security Prices, University of Chicago , maintains the most comprehensive collection of security price, return, and volume data for the NYSE, AMEX and Nasdaq stock markets. Additional CRSP files provide stock indices, beta- and cap-based portfolio, treasury bond and risk-free rates.

  • CRSP Daily and Monthly US Stock Database
  • CRSP US Indices Database
  • CRSP US Monthly Treasury Database
  • CRSP Mutual Funds

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The CRSP databases can be accessed via WRDS.


Support and technical advice for DirectEdgar users can be found on the DirectEdgar blog.

Information on remote access can be found on the intranet here.

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Australian Databases

  • ABS Time Series Statistics Plus
  • ABS National Accounts (Annual)
  • ABS State Accounts (Annual)
  • ABS Labour Force Statistics
  • ABS Demographic Statistics
  • ABS Treasury Model Database
  • RBA Bulletin Database
  • RBA Australian Economic Statistics
  • RBA Preliminary Annual Database
  • IC Australian Manufacturing and Trade

New Zealand Databases

  • New Zealand Time Series Database

International Databases

  • OEDC Main Economic Indicators
  • OEDC Economic Outlook
  • OEDC Quarterly National Accounts
  • World Bank World Tables
  • Penn World Tables
  • IMF International Financial Statistics

I/B/E/S - International Broker Estimate System

I/B/E/S (Institutional Broker Estimate System) provides consensus and detail forecasts from security analysts, including earnings per share, revenue, cash flow, long-term growth projections and stock recommendations.

  • I/B/E/S US Detail History
  • I/B/E/S INTERNATIONAL Detail History
  • I/B/E/S US Summary History
  • I/B/E/S INTERNATIONAL Summary History
  • I/B/E/S on DataStream

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The I/B/E/S databases can be accessed via WRDS.

MERGENT Fixed Income Securities Database (FISD)

A comprehensive database of publicly-offered U.S. Bonds. FISD covers over 100,000 corporate, U.S. Agency, U.S. Treasury and supranational debt securities and includes more than 400 fields or data items. FISD provides details on debt issues and the issuers, as well as transactions by insurance companies. It is used to research market trends, deal structures, issuer capital structures and other areas of fixed income debt research.

Other General Databases

A wide range of general databases are available to all university staff and students through the Giblin Eunson Library. These include, but are not limited to:

  • Annual Reports Collection (Connect4)
  • Boardroom (Connect 4)
  • Business Source Complete
  • Company 360
  • Company Prospectuses (Connect 4)
  • DatAnalysis Premium
  • EconLit
  • Economists Online
  • EIU Country Data & Global Forecasting
  • Expert Reports (Connect 4)
  • Factiva
  • Hoover's Company Profiles
  • IBISWorld
  • IMF eLibrary
  • MarketLine Advantage
  • Mergers & Acquisitions (Connect4)
  • Mint Global
  • National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) Working Papers
  • OECD Economic Surveys
  • Social Science Research Network (SSRN)