Accounting: Encyclopedias...

A guide to resources for accounting and auditing.
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Why background?

Background sources  (encyclopedias, dictionaries, handbooks, etc.) provide well established summary and factual information. Useful for:

  • basic concepts and established viewpoints
  • historical context and relationships to other topics
  • specialized terms and definitions
  • data, facts, formulas

Online reference collections

I suggest starting with these online reference collections.  But below there are titles of individual encyclopedias and dictionaries ... and links to some of them.

Encyclopedias and handbooks

I suggest starting with the first volume of the Blackwell Encyclopedia ... if you're new to the field.  The two volumes of the Accountants' Handbook will provide far more detail!