In this section, you may select the output format of your web query. If you are using statistical software such as PC-SAS, STATA, Matlab, R, or SPSS, you may need to refer to the application's User Guide on which output format to select.
For large data requests, selecting a compression type makes the output file smaller and helps to expedite downloads. ZIP and GZIP are two popular compression formats offered for WRDS data output.
By entering your email address, you will receive an email that contains a URL to the output file when the data request is finished processing.
Using the Custom Field
The Custom Field input can be used to enter any label, code or notes of your own relating to this query. You can enter a project code, using this to track which queries were run as part of a specific research project. You could also use this area to enter a code designating your division, a budget code for invoicing purposes, or any other text (up to 255 characters in length).
The contents of this field can then be used to sort queries listed in a report, or even to group them, assuming the exact same text is entered for all queries that are to be grouped together.