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Research Resources for Accounting


Searching for Books in Library Catalogs

At Wittenberg: EZRA -- library catalog
At other Ohio libraries: OhioLINK (allow 3-5 business days for shipping)

As you begin your search for books, pay attention to the subject field of a book to find related items. Once you have found a good book in EZRA or OhioLINK, scroll down the page until you see "Subjects" listed on the left. In the subject field, you'll find several links to different topics that are covered by the book you are looking at.

For example look at Financial reporting fraud : a practical guide to detection and internal control in OhioLINK. Notice the following links in the Subject field:

Misleading financial statements -- United States
Business enterprises -- Corrupt practices -- United States
Forensic accounting -- United States
Auditing -- United States

These links will take you to a "list of Nearby Subjects" where you can click on the same subject, or another more relevant subject, to view all books on that topic.

Reference Books

Accounting reference desktop (2002)
Main Stacks HF5657.4 .B7195 2002
Also available as an [Electronic resource]
Accounting handbook (2010)
Main Stacks HF5635 .S54 2010
The Palgrave Macmillan dictionary of finance, investment, and banking (2010)
Main Stacks HG151 .B2698 2010


You may find it helpful to browse the latest issues of print journals to identify major topics in the field. You can find them downstairs on the first floor of the library.
Wittenberg has Accounting Review and Journal of Accountancy in print.
Periodicals are shelved in alphabetical order by title.


- Search for a specific periodical title at Wittenberg (electronic and print formats are both included in results).
- If Wittenberg does not have access to a specific journal title, fill out this request form to get access to an article.





The following databases are good places to find journal articles. Please ask us if you would like assistance or if your results aren't relevant.
Business Source Complete
Searches scholarly and trade publications for topics pertaining to business and industry, including accounting.
Lexis-Nexis Academic
This is a powerful resource for searching newspapers or for doing legal research. Try getting started by clicking the "Search by Subject or Topic" button and scrolling down to select "Accounting" or "Tax Law". Note: this resource is very difficult to use at first, but an appointment with a librarian can save you time and frustration!

Need more?
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Choose your sources wisely. The library has compiled a list of things to consider when Evaluating Web Sites.

Federal Accounting Standards Advisory Board
Ohio Society of CPAs (Certified Public Accountants) - check out the links to Professional Resources and to Publications.
American Institute of CPAs - check out News, Interest Areas, Research, and Publications
Accountancy Board of Ohio
Information about CPA exam and licensing in the state of Ohio

You must cite web resources just as you must cite printed books and articles. For help citing resources on the web, take a look at Guides for Documenting Sources.


If you would like to schedule a meeting to discuss your research please contact Kristen Peters, or stop by the Research Help Desk for assistance anytime.

Compiled by Kristen Peters.

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