Accounting Research Guide

Apart from being a popular subject of study, many majors in business, finance, or management require their students to take courses in accounting. Graduates with an accounting background can work in almost any industry or organization as bookkeeper, accountant, auditor, controller, risk manager, etc.

If you have a chance to check out our career related database, the Ferguson's Career Guidance Center, you will find dozens of job titles related to accounting. This is a great tool for you to explore possible career options. Graduates from accounting major have a broad range of choices in many areas from Fortune 500 behemoths to non-profit organizations and governmental entities. Much of the information you find in this database can also guide your current studies in FDU.

A few titles from our reference shelves can give you a quick start with some useful background information.
GAAP guide   Giovatto (FDU) Ready Reference HF5616.U5 M5 2010
Handbook of health care accounting and finance  REF RA971.3 .H24 1989

In case you look for more items from our online catalog, CoolCat,

try keywords such as:

  • Accounting
  • Audit
  • Controller
  • CPA
  • Billing
  • GAAP
  • FASB
  • Tax manager
  • Bookkeep
  • Forensic account
  • Just to name a few.

Our online databases and e-books are available 24/7. This is the section of the library that never closes. All you need is a valid FDU webmail account to access all our online resources.

Just like many professional researchers, former FDU students had chosen accounting as their topic for master thesis or doctoral dissertation. You can find them with a simple online catalog search. They are all located onsite as reference material in two separate rooms - the Sammartino Room and the Adams' Room.

Depending on the complexity of your study in accounting, many of our library databases can be helpful. For example, if you are writing a short essay about a popular topic, you might want to use the multi-disciplinary databases like Academic Search Premier, or ProQuest Research Library. However, if you are doing a research project on a specific topic in accounting, you need to utilize the special databases such as  ABI/INFORM CompleteBusiness Source PremierPlunkett Research OnlineValue Line Investment SurveyScienceDirect College Edition. Just to name a few. Still need help? Not sure which database is best for your project? You can always consult with a librarian. Even when the library is closed, you can email your question to our reference librarians. We will usually get back to you within 2 business days, most of the time a lot quicker.

Accounting information on the web: 

  • Tax and Accounting Sites Directory
  • Federal Accounting Standards Board (FASB)
  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA)
  • U.S. Tax Code Online

Worth mentioning - There is a Business Research Library located in Dickinson Hall on Hackensack campus. This gem of the FDU library system has a focus on many areas of business including advertising and marketing, finance and accounting, business law and ethics, and international business, etc.