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Last reviewed: July 1, 2023 to June 30, 2024
Next Review: 2026-2027


Basic accounting competencies for librarians listed in this guide are directories for finding accountants, various certifications, accounting standards, and regulatory bodies, as well as recommended sources to learn more about accounting basics.

Accounting and tax questions are often related, and research of one area may include research in the other. Consult the BRASS Business Guide - Taxation guide for more information on that topic.

Trending Topics

ESG (Environmental, Social, Governance) Reporting and AI (artificial intelligence) are poised to have an impact on the field of accounting. Here are some places you can go to find out more about these trending topics:

Where can I find an accountant?

I need a basic accounting manual.

Who and what are the Big 4?

Where can I learn about accounting careers & specialties?

Note: The career services office within your university or college may provide access to Candid Career or What Can I Do With This Major? Both are paid resources that provide additional ways for students to explore a field and its potential job paths.

Other Websites

Original compiler and previous maintainers

Previous maintainers include:

Adele Barsh, University of California, San Diego

Paul Brothers, University of Alabama

Leticia Camacho, Brigham Young University

Robbi De Peri, Vanderbilt University

Ann Fiegen,California State University, San Marcos

Edythe Gilbreath

Zachary Grisham, Miami University

Rachel Kirk, Middle Tennessee State University

Lee Pike, University of Alabama

List originally compiled by Jennifer Boettcher, Georgetown University

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