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Accounting Resource Guide: Find Background Information

Find Background Information

Why Use Reference Materials?

Reference Materials such as dictionaries and encyclopedias are useful:

  • to look up quick facts and definitions.
  • to provide a quick overview of a topic.
  • to develop vocabulary or keywords for searching.
  • to find suggestions of additional sources.

Terms, Concepts, and Institutions

The Topic Pages below are from the Credo Reference database.  Each topic page typically contains:

  • An encyclopedia article.
  • Links to other Credo reference book entries on the topic.
  • Links to other books and videos on the topic.
  • Links to other Credo topic pages for subjects related to the topic.
  • Definitions of, and images associated with, the topic.
  • A list of references.

Search the Credo Reference database for other relevant topic pages. 

Selected Reference Databases

You will find these databases useful for finding facts, definitions, and topic overviews.

Electronic Accounting Dictionaries

Below are two accounting dictionaries. Search the databases provided on this page for additional business dictionaries.

Electronic Business Encyclopedias

Below are several online encyclopedias which include essays on accounting-related topics. Additional electronic encyclopedias and other books can be found in the databases provided on this page.