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Resources for Harvard College Economics Students

A series of resources, tips and FAQs to support Harvard College senior thesis writers and econ concentrators navigating Baker Library financial data resources.  


Which resources are available remotely?

Company, Industry and Financial Data Resources you have access to remotely include: 

Capital IQ
Individual account required. 
Data on public and private companies, investment firms, capital transactions, and people. Provides sophisticated retrieval and personalization tools to create numerous reports. Once your account is active you can also download the Capital IQ excel plug-in

Individual account required.  Available remotely to all HU students, faculty and staff. A comprehensive platform used to analyze financial data from global equity and fixed income markets, and public and private companies. Used in the financial sector for financial data and modeling. 

Bureau van Dijk - Harvard Business School subscribes to the following suite of products from Bureau van Dijk (BvD); these are available remotely across all of Harvard University. These databases are also available via the Harvard University WRDS subscription.

The flagship BvD global company database that is unique in its breadth of geographies and extent of companies covered as well as the availability of private company financial information (depending on the country in which the company is located.) Think of Orbis when you want to:

  • Get extensive data about a company including locations of subsidiaries
  • Screen for companies based on geography, financial performance, industry, deals, ownership structure, number of employees, year of incorporation and other criteria.
  • Compare a company to its competitors along multiple dimensions.


Database of public and private companies in European countries, it includes much of Eastern Europe. Five years of exportable financial statement data is available as is basic company and management information.

Orbis Bank Focus  
Public and private bank data throughout the world is available via Bankscope. Each bank report contains detailed consolidated and/or unconsolidated balance sheet and income statement. Data comes from Fitch Ratings and six other sources. It also provides company and country risk ratings and reports, ownership, and security and price information.

Provides income statements, balance sheets, cash flow statements, and ratios, news, ownership, subsidiaries, ratings, earnings estimates, stock data, additional industry codes (Dow Jones Global Indexes), and access to regulatory filings for U.S. companies.

This deal database covers M&A activity, IPOs, joint ventures, and private equity deals.

WRDS (Wharton Research Data Service) - Provides access to financial databases through a uniform, web-based interface. Databases include Compustat, CRSP, OptionMetrics, Trade & Quotes (TAQ) and more. Here is the complete list of databases available to the Harvard Community via WRDS. See WRDS Fast Answers for more information. 

Which databases can I use at Baker?

The following databases are available in the Stamps Reading Room at Baker Library. See our hours here

Bloomberg Academic 
Current and historical financial information is available here on individual equities, stock market indices, fixed-income securities, currencies, commodities, and futures for both international and domestic markets. Bloomberg also provides company profiles and financial statements, analysts' forecasts, news on worldwide financial markets, and audio and video interviews and presentations by key players in business and finance. Please be cognizant of data download limits (see below for more information). 

Historical, global coverage of equities, stock markets, commodities, futures, currencies, options, bond markets,
company financials, and economic data. The database is updated daily, and historical equity information goes back as far as 1973, though coverage varies across countries and types of content. Sources include national governments, OECD, EIU, IMF, Worldscope, and Morgan Stanley Capital (MSCI).

Morningstar Direct
Multi-currency research platform that provides asset sizes, fund flows, performance and holdings analysis, particularly in regards to open-end mutual funds. Also Includes data on closed-end funds, equity ownership, exchange traded funds, hedge funds, market indexes, money market funds, offshore funds, pension/life insurance (variable annuities), stocks and 529 plans.

Produced by the Centre for the Monitoring of the Indian Economy (CMIE), Prowess provides time-series data beginning 1989-90. It is a database of active business entities for which some structured information related to their financial performance is available, and is updated on a continuous basis.

This deal database provides detailed information on new issues, mergers and acquisitions, syndicated loans, and more for the global financial marketplace.

Features market quotes, earnings estimates, financial fundamentals, press releases, transaction data, corporate filings, ownership profiles and research from Thomson Financial. The database includes information from SDC Platinum, Datastream, VentureXpert, Thomson Research, and Investext.

Additional things to note:

Which databases have download limits and why should I care?

Most databases DO NOT have data download limits, although if you are downloading an enormous amount of data, there are a number of issues that can emerge.  If you are unsure of your downloads, and how to approach the Baker databases, please contact Baker Librarians.  We are happy to help and provide alternatives if required. 

One resource to note is Bloomberg.  There are both monthly and daily data limits on this resource.  With one click in excel you can wipe out data access for the month, without even realizing it!  As a consideration to fellow students, and consideration for your own work, talk with Baker Librarians before you hit the switch on a large data collection project in Bloomberg. 


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