Accounting Research Guide

Access to resources useful for accounting students and accountants.

Description: ACCT 3311 Research Guide

It is important for you to know how to find authoritative sources for financial statements, SEC filings, and accounting standards. This research guide contains access to and information about sources you will use in this course to ensure success as you progress through your accounting classes and into your career.  For additional information, Ask a Business Librarian.

Online Resources

Sample APA Citations

These citations are based on APA 7th edition but have been modified to meet the requirements of SMU Cox School of Business instructors. Check with your professor regarding the appropriate citation style for your course.

The following is an example of references on a reference page for the type of sources you will be using for this assignment. Examples of in-text references can be found in the Citation Help Research Guide.


Afterman, A.B. and Jones, R.H. (2015, January). Part II: Balance sheet [2: Cash]. In Accounting and Auditing Disclosure Manual. Retrieved from Checkpoint database

American Institute of CPA’s. (2012). AAG Airlines [Chapter 1‐The Airline Industry]. In Audit and Accounting Guides. Retrieved from Checkpoint database

FTSE Russell. (2020). Inc. [Company financials]. Retrieved from Mergent Online database

Southwest Airlines Co. (2020, July 27). Form 10‐Q. Retrieved from

Finding Financials in Mergent Online

Learn how to use Mergent Online to find company financials with this tutorial

Accounting Essentials in Checkpoint

Learn how to use Checkpoint to find standards and other accounting materials with this tutorial

Accounting Research Workshop

This one-hour, hands on workshop focuses on effective and efficient use of the resources you will need to successfully complete your assignment.

Need a different time? If you have a group of 5 or more, we can add a session for you. Send your request to Ask a Business Librarian.