COMPUSTAT is a bank of financial, statistical and marketing data on publicly traded American and Canadian companies. The database includes information from annual and quarterly company income statements, balance sheets, and statements of cash flows. It also provides data on aggregates and industry segments, banks, market prices, dividends, and earnings. Other products include executive compensation, Global Vantage, and the Capital IQ Datafeeds. Further information can be found on the WRDS website (see links below).
Compustat data is accessible through query pages on the WRDS website, as sequential datasets and SAS datasets on the WRDS unix server, and via a Windows interface called Research Insight.
The CRSP/COMPUSTAT Merged Database combines COMPUSTAT company financial data with CRSP stock data, facilitating seamless time series examinations. This data is accessible through WRDS under CRSP.
Compustat Overview (commercial website)
WRDS Introduction (includes how to get an account)
WRDS Website (to request an account or to login)
WRDS Without Account (via Stern wireless, and on public terminals at Stern and Bobst Library)