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Accounting Research

Accounting Research @ CSULA

Researching accounting topics from ACCT 3250 might appear tricky but it's not. ACCT 3250 research is all about informing executive level decision making as it relates to presenting financial statements and disclosures to everything from boards to potential investors. Simply put, the stakes are high and the rules need to be followed. That's why it is helpful to research standards, guidance from governing bodies including the SEC and professional associations like FASB and the AICPA. This guide will help you understand the resources available at the library for doing just that!

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    Online guide covering most major accounting and financial analysis topics. Great resource to refresh your memory, relearn what you forgot or finally get it for the first time!

Accounting Research Databases

Databases for Accounting Research:

  • Accounting Research Manager
    Pay database for accessing the standards as well as guidance regarding how to interpret and apply them. Does not include SEC materials.
  • Securities and Exchange Staff Accounting Bulletins
    Use this site to find SAB 101 which details application of GAAP and accounting standards for creating financial statements.
  • FASB Accounting Standards Codification
    If the Accounting Research Manager is unavailable you can request basic access to the ASC directly from FASB. Useful since this version includes SEC sections (ARM does not). Choose BASIC access for immediate access. Academic access is for a whole institution. Does not apply to individual student users.
 

FASB Accounting Standards Codification

A detailed explanation of the Accounting Standards Codification from the American Institute of CPA's is available by clicking on the link. Below is a PDF that summarizes many of the practical consideration and professional obligations of CPA's in a post-codification environment.

 

Citing the FASB ASC

ASC cites are simple. They follow the format below and typically look like this:

ASC 310-10-15-2

i. Topics —  ASC 310 to access the Receivables Topic
ii. Subtopics —  ASC 310-10 to access the Overall Subtopic of Topic 310
iii. Sections — ASC 310-10-15 to access the Scope Section of Subtopic 310-10
iv. Paragraph —  ASC 310-10-15-2 to access paragraph 2 of Section 310-10-15

For more information on citing FASB ASC, check out the second tab of this guide. Pay attention to the box entitled Citing the FASB ASC and the downloadable ASC Cheat Sheet.

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