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FASB Accounting Standards Codification
Pronouncements and EIFT Abstracts
FASB Action Alert
Financial Accounting Research System (FARS) $
GASB Information on GASB documents which can be ordered for a fee
Information on IASB documents which can be ordered for a fee
SEC. Office of the Chief Accountant Responsible for establishing and enforcing accounting and auditing policy and for improving the professional performance of public company auditors
AICPA. Accounting Standards Executive Committee (AcSEC)
AcSEC's role is to determine the AICPAs technical policies regarding financial accounting and reporting standards
AICPA Acounting & Auditing Technical Help
AICPA responds to general accounting and auditing questions. The AICPA Hotline is a free service for AICPA members; members typically receive a response within 24 hours. 888.777.7077.
THE NETWORK The NETWORK volunteers, a group of ICPAS members who have agreed to share their time and expertise with fellow Society members, provide quick, informal assistance for members who have technical, operational, industry-specific, or practice management questions
Recommendations from the ICPAS Librarians
Handbook of Accounting and Auditing (Thomson / WGL) Print and electronic (updated twice a year)
GAAP Guides by various publishers (CCH, Wiley, PPC, etc.)
AICPA Auditing Standards Baord (ASB)Full text of standards and related guidance for non-issuers in the areas of audit, attest engagements and accounting and review services and quality control
Accounting ad Review Services Standards
Quality Control Standards
Full text of standards, information, email alert
What's New email
Government Accountability Office Full text of Government Auditing Standards (The Yellow Book)
AccountingWeb Subscribe to three free email newsletters
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Blog from Tom Hood, CPA, the executive director of the Maryland CPA Society
These firms publish a wealth of information, articles, research studies and white papers on a wide variety of subjects.
Agencies & Departments | Supporting Sites
Agencies & Departments
Congressional Budget Office
Provides Congress with nonpartisan analyses for economic and budget decisions
Department of Commerce
Environmental Protection Agency
Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation
Federal Emergency Management Association (FEMA)
General Services Administration
Government Accountability Office
Investigative arm of Congress
Government Printing Office
- GPO Access
Official, published versions of information produced by the federal government
House of Representatives
- U.S. Code
Consolidation and codification by subject matter of the general and permanent laws of the United States
National Archives and Records Administration
Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation
Securities & Exchange Commission
Small Business Administration
Single access point to government services and information to help businesses with their operations
Private, non-profit company providing public access to the political process
Gateway to government loan information for agriculture, business, disaster relief, education, housing and veterans
Access to statistics from more than 70 government agencies
Government Search Engines & Locators
News for senior executives and managers in the federal government's departments and agencies. Sign up for daily email newsletter
Internet Crime Complaint Center
Joint venture of the FBI and the National White Collar Crime Center
One-stop regulatory website that makes it easier for citizens to participate in federal rulemaking. On the site, individuals can find, review, and submit comments on federal documents that are open for comment and published in the Federal Register
Companion site to the print newspaper which covers Congressional news and information, also editorials, election news and commentary
Illinois | Multistate Sites | States Homepages
Collection of accounting, auditing, tax and general business resources.
Use the online catalog to locate resources or contact the librarians for research assistance. Print resources can be checked out and sent to you.
Over 100 Magazine Subscriptions
Accounting and Auditing Standards and Implementation Guides
International Financial Reporting Standards
Most titles from Practitioners Publishing Company
Guides for practice management
Guides for providing specific services to your clients
Tax Services from BNA, CCH RIA (Federal and State Information)
Dealing with and representing your clients before the IRS
Choosing the appropriate form of business organization
Illinois Compiled Statutes
Best Practices (Accounting, AP, Billing, Collection, Expenses, etc.)
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Foreign Language and Translation Services
Find a partner and practice speaking a foreign language
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Lessons, podcasts, courses, audio, video, study guides and learning materials
- Babel Fish
Translate Web pages to and from many languages
Search for a translator by selecting the source and target languages. Further narrow the search by specialty area such as Business/Finance. Translators are fee-based
- Translation Booth
Connect to translators here. This is a fee-based service
Search engine for acronyms
- Acronym Finder
Websites, magazines, books and the complete Encyclopedia Britannica
- Get HumanDirectory of customer service telephone numbers and tips for how to navigate the voicemail in order to speak to a person
Almanacs, encyclopedia & dictionary
- Library Spot
Gateway to libraries online plus an extensive "Reference Desk" of almanacs, calculators, dictionaries, genealogy, maps and more
- Local Times Around the World
Local time for all the world's countries and many islands
- Online Conversion
Length, temperature, volume, and much more
People search on the web, search by first and last name, city, state, and country to obtain links to sites with information about individuals
Shipping and Mailing
- Citing Sources
Examples of how to cite a specific source, including citations for electronic books, online magazines, and Web pages using the format of any one of four well-known style manuals: APA, Chicago, MLA, and Turabian
- Elements of Style
On demand editing. Paste your text into the box on the website, type your email and click submit. You will have an edited version of your document within hours. Try it for free. Cost for subsequent use is based on total words submitted and is reasonably priced
- Grammar Hotline Directory
Phone numbers, email, addresses and web sites for Grammar Hotlines throughout the country
- Judy Vorfeld's WebGrammar
Help with spelling, grammar, homonyms, punctuation, capitalization, and style
- Merriam-Webster Online
- OneLook Dictionaries
- Roget's Internet Thesaurus
- The American Heritage® Book of English Usage
Information on grammar, style, diction, word formation, gender, social groups and scientific forms,
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An annotated collection of high quality Internet resources, selected by librarians for their usefulness in providing accurate, factual information on a particular topic or topics
Librarians' Index to the Internet
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Tips for Searching the Internet
Searching the Internet can be confusing, frustrating and overwhelming. Many searchers make the mistake of thinking that everything is on the Internet. While the Internet has opened the door to a wealth of information not previously easily accessible, it is not the only source of information. Be open to looking at other resources or asking for help in locating the information you seek.
Choose the most important phrases and/or keywords for your search.
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- Try using different combinations of terms and keywords in the search.
- Use synonyms and variant forms of words (e.g. doctor or physician; tax or taxes or taxation)
Look at the first 25-30 results only. If the information is not relevant,
- Refine your search using the techniques listed above.
- Try your search using several different search engines. Even the best search engines only index a portion of all the websites.
Search for sources (people, organizations, etc.) to call for more in-depth information.
Be aware that some of the best information is available only if you are willing to pay for it.
Critically evaluate the information you retrieve.
- Who wrote it?
- Is the source credible, such as a government agency, an educational institution, a well-known company?
- Is the page current? Check the date, some sites have not been updated for years!
If you spend hours searching and you still come up empty. STOP!
Explore other options for finding the information you need. Ask the business reference librarian at your local public library or local university, or contact the Information & Research Center. These professionals will know the best sources for the information you need.
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- Canadian Tax Foundation:
independent tax research organization providing expert impartial tax research to the public and governments of Canada
- Forms Order Line 613.957.8088
- Tax Payer Help 800.267.5177
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Find out when everyone is free for your next meeting or event.
Conduct conference calls with as many as nine people and it also includes a browser plug-in that turns phone numbers on web pages into links that Skype can automatically dial. Compatible with Windows 2000 and XP
Live video conferencing, desk top share, audio, IM chat and notetaking in a dedicated team environment.
Create a free DropCard account and the next time you need to exchange contact information with someone, simply send a DropCard text message that includes that person's email address. DropCard will send that person all of your contact information -- name, phone, e-mail, social networks, Web sites, chat / IM data, etc. No business card needed.
Electronic business cards. DUB sends your contact information from any mobile phone directly to the address book of your recipient's mobile phone.
Free tool that provides a way to attempt recovery of permanently deleted files. Pandora Recovery actually recovers files permanently removed from Recycle Bin, files originally deleted using Shift + Delete keys bypassing Recycle Bin and files deleted from DOS prompt.
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Compare devices that have the features you need in the price range you want, shows all of your options and links to sites where you can buy the phone you choose
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