existed much longer than other fields that are
similar to it. Indeed, accounting is the reason why humankind
bothered to start actually writing things down at all. Accounting
part where things actually get done rather than just talking about
although it involves some of that, too. Accounting is also
known as "accountancy."
The subject guides
for business, finance, and insurance
or others may be of interest as well.
Here is a
list of databases for Accounting with links
The CFO is meant
to promote financial management government,
and includes Chief Financial Officers from many government
site includes an FAQ, calendar, links, news, and a member list.
Enforcement Network (FinCEN)
is meant to stop money from getting dirty
and dirty money from getting clean. It gives information on law
to this, news, how to report problems, and more.
This is the body
that does the accounting for the federal
government. Here they make available statements and reports and
access to various useful resources, such as a glossary, news, and information
on specific topics.
This is the
website of the IRS. Unsurprisingly, the
IRS website can be used to do a lot of things. You can find
information on what the IRS expects from all kinds of entities,
of news, and more.
Office of the Law
This website has a
fast and simple design, and can be used
to view the U.S. Code in plain text or .pdf. There is a search
and it can be browsed by title. The site also has CD-ROM ISO
older versions of the code. Title 26 is the Internal Revenue
The U.S. Government
This is an
independent governmental entity that examines how
tax dollars are spent. The site has news, reports and testimony
Feeds, also), and more. There is also FraudNET, which can be used
report wrongdoing. Incidentally, the GAO was formerly called the
"General Accounting Office."
The U.S. Securities
and Exchange Commission
The SEC's mission
is to "protect investors, maintain
fair, orderly, and efficient markets, and facilitate capital
formation." On the front-page are links to useful SEC pages (such
EDGAR), news, regulatory actions, and more. The Office of the
Accountant should be most
registered user of this site is free. It
has news, a journal search, book selections, job postings, and more.
This is a fairly
useful hub of links related to accounting, finance,
assurance, and other subjects. The links displayed initially are
links but are for pages of more links to pages of even more specific
links. It also has an RSS feed news ticker.
Distinguished Lectures in Accounting
This is digital
archive of a lecture series that has been
going on since the 1970s to present day. The topics cover a
Ernst & Young
Ernst & Young
was started in the U.K., but this site offers free information for a
variety of developed countries on a
variety of topics. Related topics are hyperlinked within
making it easy to move around.
Foster Business Library of the University of Washington Libraries has
made a rather generous web page with Instructions and Information
explaining what financial ratios are, what they mean, and an online
you can use to make them.
This website is
meant for research and pedagogical purposes
and provides news and information. It's The Database of
is free to use, and along the left-hand side of the page are links to
related (either by association or geography) Accounting sites that can
useful. For instance, the Academy
of Accounting Historians has
a membership directory and links related
to Accounting and business history.
Accounting Sites Directory
This site is a hub
filled with links divided by subject (Tax,
Accounting, Payroll/HR). The "Academia" link collection is
particularly large, and can lead to journal lists, associations, and
was started in 1916, and still publishes
journals and more. Its newsletter can be read for free, but most
materials are only indexed. Since it is fairly large, the
other more specific sections that could be of more interest. The American Taxation Association,
for instance, is a part of the AAA.
of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA)
has been around since 1887 (!), making it quite
important. Its newsletter is free and other publications are
indexed. There is also conference information, a Financial
Resource Center, and many related sites on specific subjects, like Audit
and Attest Standards, the AICPA Code of
Conduct, and CPA Links.
American Society of
ASWA has been
around since 1938 and is meant to help female
accountants grow professionally. Here there are job postings,
news that could be useful.
The Association of
Certified Fraud Examiners
This website keeps
a variety of anti-fraud information
resources, but most of them are not free. One that is free,
its large page of links.
The association does offer student memberships, though.
Standards Board (FASB)
is recognized by the SEC as authoritative
and creates standards of financial accounting and reporting. The
includes an FAQ on how to use it, Articles, Reports, Presentations,
activities and more.
Accounting Standards Board
"The mission of
the Governmental Accounting Standards
Board is to establish and improve standards of state and local
accounting and financial reporting that will result in useful
users of financial reports and guide and educate the public, including
auditors, and users of those financial reports." As much of what
here isn't free, its related site Performance
Measurement for Government,
which focuses on financial reporting and
accounting for governmental entities, is a bit more useful.
Association of Black Accountants, Inc. (NABA)
This is the
official website of the organization, although
there are others for local chapters. NABA promotes minorities
accounting, supports those already doing it, and more. There are
listings in the Career Center portion of the site, and it is free to
Accounting Oversight Board
The PCAOB monitors
those who do accounting for companies and
makes sure they are performing responsibly. This website has
their standards (as created by the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002), rules
board, news, and more. There are also instructions on how to
to report a possible violation.
Board of Certified Public Accountants of Louisiana
This site shows
who the board members are, and gives a
little information on LA state law, the CPA exam, and CPE (Continuing
Professional Education). The links page includes some useful
numbers and addresses.
course, there are many more associations
and other groups specific to one's needs. Rutgers
has a long list, and a lot more besides.
As ever, there is always
more to find, especially if you have a specific topic to
research. Don't forget that NetLibrary is a big part of the
collection, and that Interlibrary Loan can get you even more materials.
Other Accounting information tools: