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Weatherhead School of Management, Accountancy Department–selected resources & search tips for your work.

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Company Annual Reports, Glossy & Historical

Company glossy annual reports state what a company wants you to know about it's culture, vision, purpose, growth, and future.

Written for stakeholders, it also contains annual financial reports in addition to text & images, magazine style. They can be valuable for the tone & perspective they show to the public.

Other reports & filings are also useful, and using either of these 2 databases, you'll see the name (10-K, etc.) and file size–select by the type you need, the year, and use the file size as an indication of the most important/complete one since they are not distinctively named.

The collection from Mergent is easy to use–simply use the A-Z hyperlinks to select your company name, then use the bottom of page forward arrows to advance the years to the one you need.  

Articles in Databases

The KSL  Research Database List has smaller Subject sections so you can find relevant sources quickly. Select the Management Subject for all sources applicable for WSOM. Or, select only Accounting.

Note: This partial list shown here highlights featured databases for searching information related to accountancy, trends, news, and more. 

Find related research in the larger Management folder onthe Research Database list, for sources related to Banking and Finance, Companies, Economics,  Management, Market & Industry Analysis, Historical Annual Corporate Reports, News resources, statistical databases, and more. 

Accounting & Tax Database

Content coverage:

  • National & international scope
  • Focus on accounting policies & standards, legislation for state & national tax, corporate & individual tax
  • Compensation & pension plans
  • Corporate financial information & management
  • Profiles of accounting firms, CPAs, management consulting firms
  • Includes scholarly journals, peer-reviewed journals, trade publications, newspapers, magazines, reference/report titles.
  • 1971–present, via ProQuest publishing
  • Advanced Search Features:

Search publication title, company/organization, person, location, NAICS/SIC codes

  • Options to include document features like charts/diagrams, maps. Include document types like cover story, commentary, retractions, editorial, and to exclude book reviews and other formats.
  • Your initial search will return results that you can sort by source (trade publications, scholarly, etc.)
  • TIP: "Suggested Topics"

A search result will suggest similar topics. Example: January 2010,"AIG" suggests topics for refining or expanding research with terms like insurance industry, insurance companies, stock prices, bailouts, financial performance, people, investigations & more...

CWRU Libraries Discovery

Accounting Research Database @ Weatherhead

Weatherhead hosts a search function for several important accountancy journals : 

Accounting Historians Journal, Accounting History Review (formerly Accounting, Business and Financial History) and Accounting History.

Use Quick search or Advanced Search, as the page links suggest, to locate author, title, years.

Kelvin Smith Library's EJournal Portal also has content in various databases:

  • Accounting & Tax Database 6/1/1993-6/1/2014
  • Business Source Complete  6/1/2004-present
  • EBSCO Open Access Journals 1/1/1974 - 12/31/2013
  • JSTOR Arts & Science IX Archive Collection 1/1/1974 - present with Full Text Embargo 4 years

The Economist