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This guide is intended for print and online materials.

Accounting Resource Guide

There are many resources available to you through the Dean B. Ellis Library. This guide is intended to help you find both print and online accounting resources. Please note: this guide is only a starting point for your research, it is not meant to be a comprehensive list of resources If you need further assistance, please visit the Service Desk in the library or contact your librarian, Sherry Eskridge, at


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Scholarly and peer reviewed are your "academic" articles. These are the ones that deal directly with research, history, or theory. Most likely, your professor wants you to use these types of articles. These types of articles are written by scholars, experts in the field often associated with a university or an organization. Peer reviewed articles must also be approved by a group of scholars before being published to ensure that the research presented is factual and relevant. Not everyone can get peer reviewed.

Popular magazine articles are usually ones that you read for entertainment. These are usually the type of publications that you find at the grocery store checkout. Chances are if there's a celebrity on the cover, it's a popular magazine.

For a more in-depth look at the differences, please visit our Scholarly Journals guide.

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Finding Books in the Dean B. Ellis Library

If you are unfamiliar with how to locate books using the library's online catalog, you can learn how by reading the LibGuide on using the Library Catalog.

All books in the library are arranged by subject using the Library of Congress classification system for call numbers and subject headings. The call number for accounting begins with "HF". The basic breakdown is as follows:

HF 5601 - 




Accounting, Bookkeeping

HF 5668 -





HJ 1 - 





HJ 9 - 




Public Finance

HJ 2240 - 




Revenue, Taxation

HF 5735 - 




Taxation of government property    

 HF 5735 - 




Business records management

HJ 9701 - 




Public Accounting

 These call numbers are by no means all-encompassing and you may find books on your subject within other areas. Occasionally a totally different call number will appear. For instance, books on library finances and accounting would be located in a different area from the books listed above.



Databases with green All Full Text or partially green Partial Full Text icons offer some level of free, full-text articles. In most cases, you must be affiliated with A-State to view the article or on the A-State campus. Some database offer a "pay-per-view" service where you can buy an article not available for free and have immediate access. If you do not need immediate access to the article, you may also request it through Interlibrary Loan for free. Articles requested through Interlibrary Loan can take 2-5 business days to come in, depending on the lending library. You can also digital scans from our physical collection through Digital Delivery.

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Regulations & Standards

These are some of the popularly referenced accounting regulation and standards available online:

Internal Revenue Code - Tax Code, Regulations and Official Guidance

FASB Publications - SFAS, EITF, Concepts Statements, newly-issued standards

International Financial Reporting Standards - IASB standards

GASB standards - only summaries are available for free

SEC Staff Accounting Bulletins

PCAOB Standards - Auditing, Ethics & Independence, Quality Control, Attestation, Superseded, Guidance, Current Standard-Setting and Related Rulemaking Activities, and Standing Advisory Group

Links to "Standard Setters & Regulators" as described by the AICPA:



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Accounting covers a wide range of topics. If you're having trouble coming up with a topic, here are some keywords you can use that might help you get started:

  • Accounting
  • Accounting Policy
  • Auditing
  • Banking
  • Bookkeeping
  • Equity
  • Finance
  • Financial Reporting
  • Financial Statements
  • Income Tax
  • International Finance
  • Investment Policy
  • Investments
  • Laws & Regulations & Rules
  • Securities
  • State Tax  
  • Statistical Data
  • Tax Rate
  • Tax Refund
  • Taxation

If you want to combine keywords, use the connector AND between terms:

Accounting AND auditing AND 

You can learn more about connectors in our Boolean Searching guide.

When balancing books, I prefer to use:

When balancing books, I prefer to use:
a calculator: 1 votes (11.11%)
a computer: 2 votes (22.22%)
pencil and paper: 3 votes (33.33%)
my head: 0 votes (0%)
an abacus: 3 votes (33.33%)
Total Votes: 9