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ACC 401 - Corporate Financial Accounting: Home

Library resources suggested for all sections of ACC 401.

Resources for this class

To find financials (and a lot of other information!) for a particular company try OneSource and/or PrivCo:

If you need to find current news...

 Here are your best bets for business news, first, and then articles, in the order in which I would try them:

If you need to find scholarly articles on accounting topics, these are the databases to try:

Note: don't be put off by the "Science" in ScienceDirect: this database includes all the journals published by Elsevier, a premier scholarly publisher, and include Finance, Accounting, Economics, etc., as well as science topics.

Almost all of our journal subscriptions are now accessible online.

To see if we have access to a specific journal online, put the name of the journal (or Keywords from the title - change the radio button option) - into the search box below:

The resources provided here are my "best guess" for what you might need. And it may be that everything you need is supplied to your by your professor, no need for library resources at all. But if there's something else you need, please let me know, and together we will improve this resource guide!

Understanding quartiles in RMA Industry Norms in OneSource

Each financial ratio benchmark in RMA Anniual Studies has three points (Median Upper, Median, Median Lower) that divide an array of values into four equal groups called quartiles.  So if a company’s value is equal or above the median upper, then it falls into the upper quartile.  If it falls between the median upper and the median, then the company ranks in the upper middle quartile.  This helps you analyze how a company compares to others of similar size.

Advice for Enhancing Your Research Success

Here are a few tips to for researching:

  • Google often isn't helpful. The best business information is not free.  However, the library does subscribe to numerous resources.
  • When using these databases, adjust your search terms if you're not getting the results you hoped for--try synonyms and scour article titles, abstracts, and subject headings in your search results for likely search terms to use.  Sometimes a thesaurus or encyclopedia come in handy when brainstorming search terms.
  • Use double quotes to search multiple words as a phrase (e.g. "new age" finds these terms in exact order).
  • Use an asterisk to substitute for letters at the end of a word (e.g. crit* finds critic, criticism, critique etc.).
  • If you can't find what you're looking for, schedule an appointment!

Complete Business Resources Guide

Getting the information you need

  Searching as Strategic Exploration

  • Realize that information sources vary greatly in content and format and have varying relevance and value, depending on the needs and nature of your search.
  • Recognize the value of browsing and other serendipitous methods of information gathering.

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