Management: Finding Accounting Resources

Introduction
Reference Materials
Books
Articles
Data Sources
Auditing
Financial Accounting
Managerial Accounting
Tax Accounting
Websites
Audiovisual Materials
Help

Introduction

This guide is intended to provide an introduction to resources available from the University of Lethbridge Library in the area of accounting. It is a guide to get you started; there are many more resources available, so this is just a jumping-off point for your research.

If you require more help finding resources, please visit the Information and Research Assistance Desk on level 10 of the library, or phone us at 403.329.2263.

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Reference Materials

Reference materials can provide a good overview of a subject and lead you to further related resources, and are a great place to start your research. Some reference materials specific to the area of accounting include:

General Accounting/Business Reference Material (Print):

Dictionary for Business & Finance

Encyclopedia of Business and Finance

Accountants' Handbook

The History of Accounting: An International Encyclopedia




General Accounting/Business Reference Material (Electronic):

Dictionary of Accounting

Dictionary of Accounting Terms

Encyclopedia of Business and Finance

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Books

Search the library catalogue to find books on the particular area of accounting you are looking for.  Use 'and' to connect your terms to narrow your search (ie accounting AND ethics). You can do keyword searches as well as subject searches, which utilize the Library of Congress Subject Headings to locate items on the same subject. Some relevant subject headings include:

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Articles

Journal articles contain more up-to-date research than books, and are a great way to supplement your research. The library subscribes to many indexes and databases which allow you search by keyword, subject, and many more fields to find articles on your topic. These tools provide not only the citation for the articles, but often abstracts (summaries of what the article is about), and increasingly link you to the full text of the article. If the full text isn't available either from the database in which you found the citation or by clicking the 'find full text' button, you can search the library catalogue by 'journal title' to see if we carry the journal in print. Failing that, you can try obtaining the article via interlibrary loan. Ensure that the articles you are citing are scholarly in nature; for guidelines on how to evaluate journal articles, see our how-to guides.

The easiest way to decide which index or database to use is to look at the library's listing of indexes and databases by subject. Remember, your subject might be somewhat multidisciplinary in nature, so consider what other subjects' databases you may want to search, as well as the databases that specialize in multidisciplinary or general topics. Search using terms listed above (in the 'books' section), among others. Some good business databases to start with are:

ABI/Inform

Business Source Complete

LexisNexis Academic

Be sure to check several different databases, including those found in the sub-topics within management, most notably Management - General and Management - Accounting/Finance.

Newspaper Articles

It's often a good idea to look in newspapers for business and market news. Some sources include:

Canada Newsstand

Provides full-text access to more than 280 Canadian news sources, covering major newspapers such as The Globe and Mail, National Post, Ottawa Citizen, Toronto Star, Regina Sun, Calgary Herald, Edmonton Journal, Vancouver Sun, Victoria News and more.

CBCA Complete

Indexes over 1,600 Canadian magazines, journals, newsletters, corporate reports and newspapers for information on current events, business, education, science and medicine, arts, law, academia, lifestyles, all with a Canadian focus. Great for current, Canadian information on any topic of popular interest.

PressDisplay

Provides online access to hundreds of current newspapers from around the world in full-color, full-page format. Provides a 60-day backfile, the ability to perform keyword searches within any issue and the ability to translate a newspaper into one of thirteen major foreign languages.

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Data Sources

CRSP (Center for Research in Security Prices)

Access NYSE/AMEX/Nasdaq Daily and Monthly Security Prices and other historical data related to over 25,000 companies.This database is created by the Center for Research in Security Prices (CRSP) at the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business.

FPinfomart.ca

In addition to Canadian news and business information, FPinfomart provides financial and other corporate information about Canadian publicly-traded companies and related industry analysis, including company & industry information, predecessor & defuncts, ratios, dividends, and mergers and acquisitions.

Dun & Bradstreet Industry Norms and Key Business Ratios

Access the most recent 3 years' worth of financial ratios for small, medium and large Canadian companies, including corporate, financial and stock information. The data is from Dun and Bradstreet and is organized by SIC code.

SEDAR (System for Electronic Document Analysis and Retrieval)

Access most public securities documents and information filed by public companies and investment funds with the Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) in the SEDAR filing system.

EDGAR (Electronic Data Gathering, Analysis, and Retrieval)

Access registration statements, periodic reports, and other documents filed by public companies under the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

Mergent Online

Offers detailed insight into company and industry research, both historical and current. Key features and functions: Fundamental data on over 50,000 global publicly traded companies; annual reports for over 300,000 companies worldwide; coverage on over 1,000,000 domestic and international private companies; industry reports covering North America, Asia Pacific, Europe and Latin America; executive biographies on over 200,000 confirmed corporate executives; and much more.

Hoover's Company Records

Features profiles of more than 40,000 companies, 600 industries and 225,000 key executives. Comprehensive corporate data includes company overview, company history, officers and board members, competitors, products and operations, auditors, rankings, related industry information and historical financials.

MarketLine

Access company, industry and country profiles. Industry profiles offer standardized market data (including size & segmentation) and competitive analysis. Company profiles for 50,000 public and private companies give insight into how companies are organized and function. Country profiles present easy-to-digest summaries and standardized data. Base Drivers Database features key macro-economic, social, demographic and industry statistics for 215 countries. Live feeds of news, comment and analysis keeps you up-to-date with all the latest business developments.

Damadoran Online

A pretty amazing resource compiled by a prof at NYU which allows you to search for individual company ratios, create financial spreadsheets from templates, and much, much more. There's a ton of information here but it's not presented in the most user-friendly way so you may have to do some digging, but it's likely there.

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Auditing

Reference Material (Print and/or online):

Handbook of international auditing, assurance, and ethics pronouncements

Databases:

Knotia.ca

Contains CICA Handbook - Assurance


Firm Resources:

KMPG: Audit Committee Institute

Provides a library of publications, surveys and other resources.

KPMG: Audit Publications

KPMG surveys, newsletters, studies, white papers, and other publications.

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Financial Accounting

Reference Material (Print and/or online):

Accountants' Handbook. Vol. 1, Financial Accounting and General Topics

The Ultimate Accountants' Reference: Including GAAP, IRS & SEC Regulations, Leases, and More (U.S.)

Wiley Federal Accounting Handbook: Policies, Standards, Procedures, Practices (U.S.)



International Financial Reporting Standards:

International financial reporting standards: A practical guide

KPMG: International Financial Reporting Standards
A good overview of what - and when - changes will have to be made as regards the new standards.

KPMG IFRS Institute

Up-to-date news and insights.

IAS Plus (Deloitte)

IFRS publications and news.

Accounting Standards Board (Canada)

International Accounting Standards Board


Databases:

Knotia.ca

Includes CICA Handbook - Accounting and International Financial Reporting Standards (2009)

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Managerial Accounting

Reference Material (Print and/or online):

Transnational Accounting

Firm Resources:

KPMG: Enterprise

This site provides many resources for privately-owned companies.

KPMG: Taking On The World

Two reports (2008 & 2009) which document the extent of private companies' foreign operations; shed light on the benefits of global expansion for private companies, and the key challenges and risks of doing so; and provide information about local employee and supply resources in foreign markets.

KMPG: Consumer and Industrial Businesses

Resources related to the Biotechnology and Pharmaceutical industry, Consumer Markets, Industrial Markets, and Transportation.

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Tax Accounting

Reference Material (Print and/or online):

Canada Income Tax Act, Annotated

Business Ratios and Formulas: A Comprehensive Guide

Databases:

CCH Online

CCH Online is an extensive e-collection of Canadian Tax Law, Employment and Labour Law and Human Resource Management reference tools. Included in this product are the following titles: Canadian Income Tax Act, Tax Topics, Dominion Tax Cases, Canadian Master Tax Guide, Human Rights, Canadian Labour Law Library, and Secord’s A-Z Guide for Human Resources Practitioners. Users require both Internet Explorer and Sun Java VM or Microsoft VM software.

Knotia Tax Suite Premium

Contains Excise Automated Reference Library (EARL) (GST/HST & Excise); Federal Income Tax Collection Platinum Student Edition (FITAC Platinum SE); Federal Income Tax News; GST/HST & Excise News; Provincial Taxes Electronic Reference Library (PERL); Provincial Taxes News; Ernst & Young Tax Resources; and Ernst & Young Calculators and Tax Rates.

Chartered Accountants of Canada (CICA) is pleased to provide students and professors with complimentary access to online tax research databases. Visit CICA's store for more information on its Canadian tax research books, products, and services.

Dun & Bradstreet Industry Norms and Key Business Ratios

Access the most recent 3 years' worth of financial ratios for small, medium and large Canadian companies, including corporate, financial and stock information. The data is from Dun and Bradstreet and is organized by SIC code.

FPinfomart.ca

In addition to Canadian news and business information, FPinfomart provides financial and other corporate information about Canadian publicly-traded companies and related industry analysis, including company & industry information, predecessor & defuncts, ratios, dividends, and mergers and acquisitions.

Firm Resources:

Deloitte: International Tax and Business Guides

The tax and business guides available on this site are sponsored by the member firms Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu and developed in cooperation with the Economist Intelligence Unit. These Guides help potential investors (and students) understand the investment climate, operating conditions, and tax system of most major trading jurisdictions. The Guides are supplemented by the Country Highlights series, which provide a quick overview of the tax landscape of more than 120 jurisdictions.

KPMG: Tax

Information on global tax; business tax; enterprise tax; indirect tax; and trade and customs.

Canada Revenue Agency

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Websites

KPMG: Advisory Services

Information and advice on transactions; forensic services; operations improvement; and risk and resilience.

Socian Science Research Network

The Social Science Research Network (SSRN) is devoted to the rapid worldwide dissemination of social science research and is composed of a number of specialized research networks, including accounting and finance. The site contains abstracts of over 228,300 scholarly working papers and forthcoming papers and an Electronic Paper Collection currently containing over 187,000 downloadable full text documents. While not all content is free, there is a lot that is, and is worthwhile checking out for working papers on your topic.

FEI Canada

FEI (Financial Executives International) Canada is a member-driven organization that facilitates the sharing of knowledge, the development and dissemination of informed opinion, and the formation of communities of interest among financial leaders through their member network. Contains valuable resources, including their own research papers and newsletters, and links to external Canadian and International financial organizations' sites.

US Department of the Treasury

The Treasury Department is the executive agency responsible for promoting economic prosperity and ensuring the financial security of the United States. Areas of concern, available through this site, are Coins and Currency; Economy; Illicit Finance; Financial Markets; International; and Taxes. Reports are browsable by date or topic; also available are FAQs, fact sheets, and historical/educational information.

Chartered Accountants of Canada

CGA Canada

CMA Canada

CFA Canada

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Audiovisual Materials

In addition to searching in the library catalogue for videos on any subject (go to 'advanced keyword' search and then limit by material type: film/video), several Harvard Business School Faculty Seminar Series videos are available to us through Business Source Complete, including Know Your Worth: Critical Valuation Errors to Avoid.  For a complete list of videos available in this series, please visit http://support.epnet.com/knowledge_base/detail.php?id=4699.  To access these videos in Business Source Complete, click the 'more' link in the top toolbar in EBSCOhost and select Business Videos/Images from the drop-down menu. The Business Videos search screen is displayed. Enter your search terms in the Find field and click Search, or to view all available business videos, search for the term Business. Both videos and PDF transcripts are available.

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Help

If you have difficulty finding or using the information you require:

Business FAQs

Developed by business librarians at American universities, this site allows you to search several academic business libraries' sites of frequently asked business reference questions. While some sites may refer you to subscription databases (check to see if we subscribe at the U of L to gain access), lots of general information and links to free sites as well.

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 Content Revised: July 14, 2011
 Content Created: December 9, 2009


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