Data Search Support

Data search support for Maastricht University students and staff members

1.About #

Find out more about the availability of data licenced by the library or otherwise, and get support interpreting these data.

In a joint effort with faculty experts and data suppliers, the library supports you in the following ways:

  • Check out the Online Manuals we selected for you or enrol in a classroom training
  • Have your questions answered by the library, or redirected to an expert at the faculty or data supplier
  • Complex questions may result in one-to-one personal instruction sessions of 60 minutes max

    

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Last updated on Sunday 1 October 2017

2.Online Manuals #

Overview of databases, manuals, tutorials, and video instructions related to your need for data. Select a database and find the manuals, when available, under the tab Guides.

Company & Industry Data
BoardEx

BoardEx

The BoardEx database contains biographical information on most board members and senior executives around the world.
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Compustat Global (via Wharton)

Compustat Global (via Wharton)

Compustat Global provides authoritative financial and market data covering publicly traded companies in more than 80 countries, representing over 90% of the world's market capitalization.
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Compustat North America (via Wharton)

Compustat North America (via Wharton)

Compustat North America is a database of U.S. and Canadian fundamental and market information on more than 24,000 active and inactive publicly held companies.
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CRSP Mutual Funds (via Wharton)

CRSP Mutual Funds (via Wharton)

The CRSP Survivor-Bias-Free US Mutual Fund Database includes identification information, fund objectives, fees, total net assets, monthly and daily net asset values, returns, and distributions.
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CRSP US Stocks & Indices 1925 -   (via Wharton)

CRSP US Stocks & Indices 1925 – (via Wharton)

CRSP contains historical data spanning from December 1925 to the present for the NYSE, AMEX and NASDAQ stock markets.
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ExecuComp (via Wharton)

ExecuComp (via Wharton)

ExecuComp includes over 80 different compensation items on more than 12,500 executives (top five executive officers per company) in companies included in the S&P 500, S&P 400 MidCap and S&P SmallCap 600 indexes; over 35 measures of company financial performance taken from Compustat.
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FactSet

FactSet

FactSet amongst others contains real-time market data as well as company analytics.
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Orbis

Orbis

Orbis contains comprehensive worldwide information (including financial as well as ownership) on companies from small to very large. Select companies based on regions, industry, size and many more to create your research sample and add additional (financial) variables later on.
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Passport GMID

Passport GMID

Passport GMID is a global market information database which offers the possibility for market analysis.
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Country Statistics
Eurostat

Eurostat

Eurostat provides access to a range of statistical information (data and publications) you can consult online or download for free.
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ILOSTAT

ILOSTAT

This database, owned by the International Labour Organziation, offers time series on labour indicators.
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OECD iLibrary

OECD iLibrary

OECD iLibrary is the online library of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development.
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Passport GMID

Passport GMID

Passport GMID is a global market information database which offers the possibility for market analysis.
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StatLine (CBS)

StatLine (CBS)

Statline is the electronic database of the CBS (Dutch Central Statistics Office).
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World dataBank

World dataBank

World dataBank offers access to variables from the World Development Indicators and Global Development Finance, Gender Statistics, Education Statistics, Health Nutrition and Population Statistics, Africa Development Indicators, Global Economic Monitor (GEM) and the Millennium Development Goals.
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Marketing & Product Data
Passport GMID

Passport GMID

Passport GMID is a global market information database which offers the possibility for market analysis.
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Merger and Acquisition & Joint Venture Data
SDC Platinum Mergers and Acquisition / Joint Ventures and Alliances

SDC Platinum Mergers and Acquisition / Joint Ventures and Alliances

Comprehensive details on all announced deals and alliances, whether completed or uncompleted.
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Zephyr

Zephyr

ZEPHYR contains information on multiple deals types including merger & acquisition activity, initial public offerings, joint ventures, and private equity deals with seamless links to company financial information.
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Social & Lifestyle Data
Eurostat

Eurostat

Eurostat provides access to a range of statistical information (data and publications) you can consult online or download for free.
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ILOSTAT

ILOSTAT

This database, owned by the International Labour Organziation, offers time series on labour indicators.
Go to database >
OECD iLibrary

OECD iLibrary

OECD iLibrary is the online library of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development.
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Passport GMID

Passport GMID

Passport GMID is a global market information database which offers the possibility for market analysis.
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StatLine (CBS)

StatLine (CBS)

Statline is the electronic database of the CBS (Dutch Central Statistics Office).
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World dataBank

World dataBank

World dataBank offers access to variables from the World Development Indicators and Global Development Finance, Gender Statistics, Education Statistics, Health Nutrition and Population Statistics, Africa Development Indicators, Global Economic Monitor (GEM) and the Millennium Development Goals.
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Health Data
Gezondheidsstatistieken

Gezondheidsstatistieken

De belangrijkste producenten van Nederlandse en enige Europese gezondheidsstatistieken zijn opgenomen in dit portaal.
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Passport GMID

Passport GMID

Passport GMID is a global market information database which offers the possibility for market analysis.
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WHO Library - World Health Organization Publications

WHO Library – World Health Organization Publications

The WHO Library is the world’s leading library on public health. It provides access to knowledge from WHO as well as to other sources of scientific literature produced around the world.
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Science Data
SciFinder

SciFinder

Research tool for chemistry and related sciences with access to the largest collection of substances, reactions and references (from both journals and patents).
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Patents & Trademarks

A lot of patent data is freely available on the internet. A selection of commonly used patent databases are listed in this section.

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Follow this link for more detailed information about the contents of the financial and economic databases.

Instruction video on data retrieval

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Last updated on Wednesday 16 May 2018

3. FAQs – Check before you contact the support team #

Can I get assistance in analysing data?

Unfortunately, we cannot offer specific data analysis support. For questions about data analysis it’s advised to contact a statistics professor or tutor from your own faculty. In addition, there’s always the possibility to use a free online course or instruction video’s on YouTube.

How can I combine data sets?

There is nothing more efficient than being able to use the output of one database as the direct input for the second database.

The moment you retrieve company data from your first database, please make sure you collect as many identifiers (tickers, CUSIP, SEDOL etc.) for these companies as possible. This will save you a tremendous amount of work the moment you need additional data form a second database.

What type of data is available in what database?

Please have a look at the Online Manuals section first!

For a more detailed overview of recommended financial and economic databases, their contents and the use of identifiers, follow this link 

Next to that, the startpage of WRDS right away offers an overview of what data they offer in what database.

Can I get a trial subscription for a database?

Unfortunately, it’s not possible to request a trial subscription for any database. Not only did we already use all of our trials, but it’s also not possible due to technical impracticalities.

The data I need is nowhere to be found in the university databases. What now?

It’s always advised to check the availability of data before you start your research and writing process. If the data is not available in our databases, your options are quite limited. 

If the data you need is not available, the first thing you can do is consult with your supervisor. Personal or department subscriptions to databases are not uncommon. Another option would be to use your own network or free search engine for finding the correct data.

I need help with my searching/writing process. Who can help me?

The library offers a free peer-to-peer service: PeerPoint. The specialised master students that work for PeerPoint can aid you with your research process, your search skills, and your academic writing. Please visit the PeerPoint-page to get in contact with them.

 

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