James H. Thomason Library

Accounting 203

Principals of Financial Accounting

  Reference Sources

 


  Accounting Dictionaries
  Company History
  Company Financial
  Company News
  Industry Reports & Classification
  Finding Journal Articles
  Journal Article Databases
  Key Accounting Journals
  Journal Finder
  Finding Books
  ThomCat
  PASCAL
  WorldCat & I.L.L.
   
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Reference Sources    
Dictionaries   back to top

Accounting Terminology Guide [New York State Society of CPAs]
A comprehensive glossary of accounting and financial terms prepared for journalists who report on and interpret financial information.

Dictionary of Accounting [CREDO Reference], A & C Black, 2004.
A basic vocabulary of terms used in accounting, from personal finance and investments to company accounts. It is ideal for students of accounting and for anyone who needs to check the meaning of an accountancy term.

A Dictionary of Accounting [Oxford Reference Online], Market House Books Ltd., 2005.
This dictionary includes more than 3,500 entries with straightforward definitions of the latest financial jargon along with comprehensive coverage of financial accounting, financial reporting, management accounting, direct and indirect taxation, corporate finance, and auditing. Coverage is international, and includes worked examples of difficult concepts and feature entries on key topics.

A Dictionary of Finance and Banking [Oxford Reference Online], Market House Books Ltd., 2005.
Iincludes more than 5,000 entries on every aspect of the financial world: insurance, stocks and shares, commodities, takeovers and mergers, international trade, and government finance.  This source reflects new developments in areas such as building societies, the European monetary union, and stock exchange practices. Personal finance matters are also covered in depth, including investments, pensions, and taxation.


Company History   back to top

Business Source Premier [EBSCOhost]
A scholarly business database, providing indexing and abstracts for peer-reviewed, business related journals as well as company information. To retrieve Datamonitor report on your company:

 
  • Select "Company Profiles" link in green bar at top of search page.
  • At "Browse for:" enter the name of your company.
  • Select your company if more than one company displays.
  • Select "Datamonitor Report" link or
  • Select "History" link from left sidebar.
 

Company Dossier - LexisNexis Academic  
Company Dossier lets you search a company by name, ticker symbol, or D-U-N-S® number. You can also restrict your search by company type, city, state/province or country. From this form, find a wealth of information including headquarters locations, SEC filings, and executive hierarchies. LexisNexis Company Dossier delivers easy-to-read profiles of over 43 million companies worldwide and information on 1,000 industries to your desktop in just seconds. It helps you identify potential new clients, understand a company’s brands and trademarks, access detailed financial and recent litigation information, and more.

 

MERGENT Company Reports [MERGENT] 
Information on over 10,000 US companies listed on the NYSE, AMEX, and Nasdaq exchanges, updated daily.

 
  • In Identifier box choose company name or ticker symbol and enter name or ticker and click search.
  • From Search Results screen, click on company name desired if more than one displays.
  • Choose "History" in dark green tab bar at top.
 

Links to company history are sometimes provided on company home pages.

 

Company Financial   back to top

Beginner's Guide to Financial Statements  [U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission]
This brief brochure explains how to read the basic parts of financial statements.

Company Dossier - LexisNexis Academic  
Company Dossier lets you search a company by name, ticker symbol, or D-U-N-S® number. You can also restrict your search by company type, city, state/province or country. From this form, find a wealth of information including headquarters locations, SEC filings, and executive hierarchies. LexisNexis Company Dossier delivers easy-to-read profiles of over 43 million companies worldwide and information on 1,000 industries to your desktop in just seconds. It helps you identify potential new clients, understand a company’s brands and trademarks, access detailed financial and recent litigation information, and more.

LexisNexis - SEC Filings [LexisNexis Academic Universe]
LexisNexis Academic contains the full-text of EDGAR (the SEC's online database) filings from 1991 as well as annual and quarterly reports and proxy statements of more than 4,000 US companies, filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission since 1987.

Click here to search Hoover's

MERGENT Company Reports [MERGENT] 
Information on over 10,000 US companies listed on the NYSE, AMEX, and Nasdaq exchanges, updated daily. Also includes real-time access to SEC filings [EDGAR] back to 1993, Industry Reports, Executive search and Equity Reports.

 
  • In Company Search box choose company name or ticker symbol and enter name or ticker and click search.
  • From Search Results screen, click on company name desired if more than one displays.
  • Choose "Company Financials " in light green tab bar at top. [three years (default) - 15 year data].
 

Links to annual reports/financial information ("or information for stockholders") are often available
on home pages of larger publicly held companies.


Company News   back to top

Business Source Premier [EBSCOhost]

 
  • Select "Company Profiles" link in green bar at top of search page.
  • At "Browse for:" enter the name of your company.
  • Select your company if more than one company displays.
  • Choose "Search Periodicals and Other Sources for: your company" [just above company name]
  • Browse articles in academic journals, trade publications, magazines, view SWOT Analyses, etc. Narrow results by subject area on left side.
 

LexisNexis
Full-text articles from U.S. and international newspapers, magazines, newsletters and journals.

 
  • Select Search News
  • *Choose "Terms and Connectors" button [instead of "Natural Language"]
  • Type company name or search terms in large box and choose location of term in document by changing "anywhere in document" to "in headline and lead paragraphs." [this insures articles found are about your company, not just mentioning your company]
  • Select sources in pull down box: choose one [i.e. Business News Publications, Business Week, Business Wire
  • Choose time period to search at bottom
 

MERGENT Company Reports [MERGENT] 

 
  • In Company Search box choose company name or ticker symbol and enter name or ticker and click search.
  • From Search Results screen, click on company name desired if more than one displays.
  • Choose "News" in light green tab bar at top for recent news headlines. Click the headline to view the article. Three month backfile on most companies.


Industry Reports & Classification   back to top

 MERGENT Industry Reports [MERGENT] 
In-depth analyses of key industries in the US and Canada, describing market environment, industry landscape and key market trends for companies and industry sectors.

 
  • In Classification search box enter SIC, NAICS, MIC code or use "code lookup" link to find code.
  • In code lookup, click on + to examine sub-classifications further. [+ TRANSPORTATION, COMMUNICATION, UTILITIES]
  • Clicking on the name of a sub-classification enters that code into search box. [4800 - COMMUNICATIONS]
  • Click on Search and list of companies with chosen code will display.
  • Checked company names can be entered into a comparison report built from selected variables.
 

FDIC [Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation]

An independent agency of the United States government that protects the funds depositors place in FDIC-insured institutions. Site has updates, news, industry analysis, including bank data and stats, info on failed banks, banking trends, and more.

SIC Division Structure/Search [Occupational Safety & Health Administration]
The Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) coding system for industries was last used in 1987. It was replaced by NAICS (see below).

North American Industry Classification System  [U.S. Census Bureau]
The current industry classification system, introduced in 1987, was substantially revised in 1997, 2002, and 2007.  NAICS 2007 codes, along with links to correspondence tables between the 2007 and 2002 codes, may be found here.  NAICS 2002 codes, along with links to correspondence tables between the 2002 and 1997 codes, may be found here.
Also available Main Level, Reference: R 338.02 N811N (Bernan Press, 1997)

 

Finding Journal Articles  
Journal Articles back to top

The following journal databases are available to PC students, faculty, and staff from on- and off-campus locations. When passworded from off campus locations, supply your PC e-mail account username [i.e. tinman] and password. Search using terms dealing with your topic.

Business Source Premier [EBSCOhost] 
Nearly 200 of the more than 2300 journals and magazines included in full text cover accounting and taxation.  Citations areprovided for articles from approximately 50 other periodicals that cover accounting and taxation.  Additional full text, non-journal content includes market research reports, industry reports, country reports, company profiles and SWOT analyses.

Business-LexisNexis [LexisNexis Academic Universe]
Business articles from newspapers, magazines, journals, wires & transcripts, detailed financial data about companies, find companies based on a variety of criteria, EDGAR filings, annual & quarterly reports & proxy statements, news from over 25 industries, accounting journals & literature, trade show information & more.

MERGENT Company Reports [MERGENT] 
Information on over 10,000 US companies listed on the NYSE, AMEX, and Nasdaq exchanges, updated daily. Also includes real-time access to SEC filings [EDGAR] back to 1993, Industry Reports, Executive search and Equity Reports. Create reports for company comparisons.

Regional Business News 

Full text coverage for regional business publications.

Small Business Reference Center 

Provides up to date information on relevant topics from starting a company, operations management and sales to growing or rescuing a business

 

Key Accounting Journals   back to top

 

Accounting and Business Research 1982 – 2010
Publishes papers covering any area of accounting, broadly defined and including corporate governance, auditing and taxation.

The Accounting Review 1926 – present
Publishes articles reporting the results of accounting research and explaining and illustrating related research methodology.

CPA Journal 1993 - present
The official journal of the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants publishes a variety of articles on accounting, auditing, personal financial planning, and estate planning.

International Journal of Accounting 12/01/1996 – present
Publishes articles that help explain current international accounting practices, with related theoretical justifications, and identify criticisms of current practice.

Journal of Accountancy 1965 – present
Published by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), with reports on developments and trends affecting the profession, and articles on management advisory services, taxation, and accountancy education.

Journal of Accounting & Economics 1979 - present
Provides a forum for the publication of economic analyses of accounting problems.

Journal of Accounting and Public Policy 1982 - present
Regularly contains articles on the interaction of accounting with a wide range of disciplines, including economics, public administration, political science, social psychology, policy science, and the law.

Journal of Accounting, Auditing & Finance 1986 – present
Contains papers on a wide variety of topics in the field of accounting research.

Journal of Accounting Research 1963 – 1 year ago
Contains peer-reviewed research articles in the fields of empirical, analytic, and experimental accounting.

Journal of Business Finance & Accounting 1974 – present
Advances both the academic understanding and the professional practice of effective financial management, control, and accountability.

The National Public Accountant 1990 – 2009
The official publication of the National Society of Public Accountants, with articles for accounting and tax practitioners.

The Practical Accountant 1997 - 2009
Covers every facet of accounting and taxes.

Strategic Finance 1999 – present
Flagship publication of the Institute of Management Accountants.  Publishes articles about practices and trends in finance, accounting, and information management that will impact members (mostly controllers, CFOs, and their staffs) and their jobs.

Journal Finder back to top

Journal Finder places information regarding access to PC's electronic and print journals, magazines, and newspapers in one convenient location.

Browse Journal Finder by title or subject. When browsing or searching, you can read articles from any journal that is available in the Full-text resources online group of results. Choose a database in this group based on the dates available and the time frame in which you are interested.

 

Finding Books  
ThomCat back to top

THOMCAT - Use the online catalog to locate books in Thomason Library. You can search by author, title, keyword, or subject.

  • Search for a person, as AUTHOR or SUBJECT, with last name, first name:              
 

Iacocca, Lee [as AUTHOR]

 
  Walton Sam [as SUBJECT]  
  • SUBJECT searching requires use of Library of Congress subject headings. The terms below are examples of subject headings related to accounting:
               
 

Accounting

 
 

Corporation reports

 
 

Managerial accounting

 
  • Materials relevant to the study of accounting may also be found by specifying the era or dates, geographic area, or the material type in which you are interested:
 

Banks And Banking-United States

 
 

Income Tax-United States-Handbooks, Manuals, etc

 
 

Auditing, Internal-Periodicals

 
 

Money-United States-History-Colonial Period Ca 1600 1775

 

Subject searching is an effective and precise method of searching the catalog, however KEYWORD searching has benefits, also.

  • Try a KEYWORD search if you are unsure of the exact title or the correct subject heading to use. Search using two or three of the most significant words from the title or subject you are trying to find. Place phrases in "quotation marks."

  • Connect words with AND, OR, NOT to focus your search.
  • Try truncation at the end of a word stem to retrieve singular, plural, and other variations of the word.  Use an asterisk (*) to truncate from 1 to 5 characters. Use a double asterisk (**) to include word endings with an unlimited number of characters.
WORD Searching Tips


· Use AND between words to narrow your search:
estate tax AND South Carolina

· Use OR between words to expand your search and
group words with parentheses:
(IRA OR individual retirement account) AND tax

· Add * to the root of a word to truncate or expand a term:
estimat* = estimate, estimated, estimation

Beware truncating short words tax* = taxi, taxes, taxonomy

 

PASCAL Catalog back to top


PASCAL Catalog - If you need materials not available at Thomason Library, try your search here to find books in other academic libraries in SC. Through PASCAL Delivers, you can order books online for delivery within 3-4 working days. This service for current PC students, faculty, and staff is a project of PASCAL- Partnership Among SC Academic Libraries. Borrowers will be notified by e-mail when requested items arrive at Thomason Library. Click here for searching and ordering tips.

WorldCat & I.L.L. back to top

 

WorldCat – A catalog of books and materials at libraries worldwide. Try searching here to find ALL books available on a topic. Materials available at Thomason Library are highlighted and others can be borrowed through ILL or searched in PASCALCAT.

 

Interlibrary Loan - ILL is available to PC students, faculty and staff in order to share resources between libraries. Check link for instructions.

 

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