3 Online Resources For Accounting Students
September 19, 2013
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Looking for additional resources?
Outside of class and away from your textbooks, you might be interested in additional information about accounting. The industry can seem intricate – there are a lot of ways accountants specialize in their field, each requiring different sets of skills.
We want to help you explore the industry. Familiarize yourself with these online resources to learn more about accounting:
The American Institute of CPAs offers a lot of information regarding taxes, financial reporting and management. AICPA publishes a variety of articles in newsletters and journals dealing with these topics. It also offers access to research regarding:
- Exposure Drafts
- Surveys and Studies
- Healthcare Reform
- CPA Horizons
For a student like you, however, the most valuable information is located on their Accounting Education page. The page offers access to resources and scholarship opportunities.
Note that some of the resources may be unavailable to you because you are not a member of the organization. Only Certified Public Accountants (CPAs) can join the organization – but, if that is something you are interested in pursuing in the future, it could be an opportunity to learn more about ways you could grow as a professional.
Accounting is really all about money. And there are few better resources for business and finance news than the U.S. News site Money. The site offers access to reports covering opportunities in and issues with retirement, personal finance, careers, investing, business and the economy.
These reports are well-researched by industry professionals. You can access their research directly. You can also review related blogs and articles, which can provide you with everyday advice for investing, professional tips for working in finance and more.
The site is designed to be used by anyone, including people working in other industries. Though this might not seem like the best site for academic research, it is a great opportunity for you to familiarize yourself with potential clients. Reading these articles can show you what the average person is most concerned with: their investments, their retirement funds or their savings.
Another perk of this design is that the articles are easy to read – you don’t have to worry about more technical jargon or heavy reading after a long day in class.
Similar to the AICPA, the American Accounting Association offers a variety of resources for students and professionals. You can access their digital library and newsroom for historical and current event information.
The site also lists Calls for Submissions, which allow you to apply for professional conferences and other opportunities.
Our favorite part of the site is the Web Resources for Accounting and Finance Students superlinks page. The page offers a diverse list of accounting associations, standard setters, accounting and professional service forms, government agencies, business and accounting journals and other useful links. We encourage you to explore these additional resources.
Unlike AICPA, the American Accounting Association offers membership opportunities to students. You can access more materials and grow your professional resume through membership, which can allow you to attend conferences, present research and more.
Many of your instructors at Briarcliffe are industry professionals. Ask them for more information on these organizations and other online resources.