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MBA 6020: Financial Accounting for Full-Time MBA Students


U of MN, Twin Cities
Description: MBA 6020 - Financial Accounting for Full-Time MBA Students
Usefulness/limitations of financial statement information in evaluating a company's performance for credit, investment, or other purposes. How various accounting issues/rules affect views/decisions. Generally accepted accounting principles, how they are used to prepare financial statments.

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Librarian: Mary E. Schoenborn hawki003@tc.umn.edu


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Your required course textbook MAY be on RESERVE in Wilson Library.
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  • Course Reserves
    Materials are placed on reserve at the request of instructors to support the academic programs of various departments. The preferred location of reserve materials is the library building or unit where most of the subject's materials are held. Please refer to your course syllabus to determine which library has your reserve readings.
Find Accounting Standards
  • Accounting Research Manager Authentication Required
    A comprehensive financial reporting knowledge base. Updated daily, it aims to help reduce the amount of time you spend conducting accounting and auditing research while enhancing the quality of your results; find insightful interpretations on GAAP, GAAS and Securities and Exchange Commission rules; keep up-to-date on current accounting, SEC, auditing, and government projects that may affect your company. A 20 minute tutorial is available describing the database contents and showing how to use the database effectively.
Find Corporate Financial Reports
Use the following resources when conducting an internal analysis. Locate relevant information about a company's strengths and weaknesses.
  • Find corporate annual reports for publicly held corporations:
    • Mergent Online Authentication Required
      Profiles of public corporations around the world that includes summaries, company histories, property, financials, subsdiaries, joint ventures, long term, press release and historical annual reports. Licensed for 60 simultaneous users
      • To get a .pdf copy of the annual report to shareholders, choose the Reports tab, then the year.

    • SEC: Corporate filings from the US Securities and Exchange Commission
      The SEC requires all public companies (except foreign companies and companies with less than $10 million in assets and 500 shareholders) to file registration statements, periodic reports, and other forms electronically through this site (formerly called EDGAR). Anyone can access and download this information for free. Here you'll find links to a complete list of filings available from the SEC and instructions for searching the SEC database.
      • LexisNexis Academic Authentication Required
        LexisNexis Academic is a full text databases of business, legal, news, magazines, and wire services. It includes sources for accounting, environmental studies, health and medical care, government and politics, people, and consumer information. Legal publications include law journals, federal and state statutes, codes, cases, agency rules & regulations, patents and legal reference materials.
    • Locate the company's Web site
      You can usually find the company's Web site by searching for www.companyname.com If that doesn't work, try going to Google at http://www.google.com and typing in the company's name.
    • University Libraries Business Web Site
      Find related information on the University of Minnesota Libraries Business Reference Web Site.
      Look in the Company Database section for a listing of Web sources with corporate annual report collections.
  • Some Research Problems You May Face:
    • Is the company publicly-held or is it privately owned?
      • LexisNexis Corporate Affiliations
        A standard source for determining "who owns whom," with separate volumes for U.S. public companies, U.S. private companies, and non-U.S. based companies, both public and private. Information provided for each parent company includes a detailed listing of its divisions, subsidiaries, affiliates, etc. There is also a master index to all companies mentioned in the set; this index also includes a useful Brand Name Index.
        • Location(s): TC Wilson Library Business Reference Quarto HG4057 .A217 Non-Circulating
        Check MNCAT Record for Location and Availability
Identify Companies within an Industry -- Identify Competitors
  • Mergent Online Authentication Required
    Mergent Online contains information about public corporations around the world. Mergent also includes the full-text image files of corporate annual reports for publicly traded US and foreign corporations going back to 1996. EDGAR filings are also available through Mergent. Our University of Minnesota license allows 6 simultaneous users.
    To get a list of publicly traded companies in an industry, find your SIC code, then choose the Advanced Search option in Mergent. Open the Category box and choose Industry Codes. Type your SIC code in the values box, add the search string to the Search Criteria box, press Run Search to generate a list of public companies in the industry. (Off-site access is available only for students, staff, faculty of the University of Minnesota).
  • Million Dollar Database (Dun & Bradstreet) Authentication Required
    A directory of private and public companies in the United States and larger companies worldwide. Use this directory to find companies by NAIC or SIC industry descriptions, size, location, to learn if a company is private or public, to find contact information, and to learn about the parent and subsidiary companies in a corporate family. Licensed for 5 simultaneous users.

    The subscription has been cancelled. Please use Mergent Intellect.

  • Hoovers Authentication Required
    Includes company and industry information such as ownership,contact information, business descriptions, locations, history, competitors, employment statistics, sales, Fortune 500 rankings, product lines, SIC and NAICS industry codes, executives and other financial information.
    Note: The site currently shows a JavaScript error message (=OWASP CSRFGuard JavaScript was included from within an unauthorized domain), but the access is working. Please click "OK" to get to the next step. The vendor is currently working to resolve the issue.
History of the Corporation
Use this library guide to find resources that will help you find out about the company's history.
  • Mergent Online Authentication Required
    Profiles of public corporations around the world that includes summaries, company histories, property, financials, subsdiaries, joint ventures, long term, press release and historical annual reports. Licensed for 60 simultaneous users
  • MarketLine Reports Authentication Required
    Industry reports and company profiles cover key facts, history, employees, major products, revenue analysis, SWOT analysis, top competitors, locations and subsidiaries. Industry Reports include analysis, market size, market share, forecasts, segmentation, and leading companies. Access via Business Source Premier
How to Read a Financial Report
  • Find Books about Financial Statements
    • MNCAT
      Search with MNCAT to find books, journals, etc. owned by the library. Search by keyword, subject, title, or author for materials on your topic.
      • Use Subject Term: Financial Statements
Find Financial Analysts Reports About the Company
  • Investext Authentication Required
    Use this database to find full text of reports and forecasts prepared by top Wall Street and international brokerage firms. (Available off-site only to students, faculty, and staff of the U of M unless accessing from a U of M campus library.) This is a set of security analysts reports available to you off-site. There is at least a two week embargo period, so the reports are not the most current reports available. Check Multexnet for more up-to-date information.
  • Value line investment survey (Online)
    The Value Line Investment Survey is a comprehensive source of information and advice on approximately 1,700 stocks, more than 90 industries, the stock market, and the economy. It has three parts: The Ratings & Reports section contains one-page reports showing Value Line's Timeliness, Safety, and Technical ranks, financial and stock price forecasts for the coming 3 to 5 years, an analyst's written commentary, and more. The Summary & Index contains an index of all stocks in the publication as well as many up-to-date statistics. It also contains a variety of stock "screens" designed to help investors identify companies with various characteristics. The Selection & Opinion section contains Value Line's latest economic and stock market forecasts, one-page write-ups about interesting and attractive stocks, model portfolios, and financial and stock market statistics.
    Also available in print in Wilson Library Reference, at: HG4501 .V262
    Older issues are available on microfiche in Wilson Library Reference at the class number shown above.
    • Location(s): TC Wilson Library Reference Quarto HG4501 .V262
    Check MNCAT Record for Location and Availability
  • Value Line investment survey (Small & Mid-Cap edition)
    The small and mid-cap editions (formerly the Expanded Edition) of Value Line investment survey covers 1800 stocks which are smaller and more volatile than those covered in the standard edition. The small and mid-cap edition does not include analyst commentaries. A key feature of this edition is the performance rank which is adapted from the timeliness rank. Both ranks are designed to predict a stock's relative price/performance for the next 6-12 months. Available in PRINT in the Business Library in Wilson Library.
    • Location(s): TC Wilson Library Reference Quarto HG4501 .V262 Non-Circulating
    Check MNCAT Record for Location and Availability
  • MarketLine Reports Authentication Required
    Industry reports and company profiles cover key facts, history, employees, major products, revenue analysis, SWOT analysis, top competitors, locations and subsidiaries. Industry Reports include analysis, market size, market share, forecasts, segmentation, and leading companies. Access via Business Source Premier
Find Financial Ratios for the Industry
    • Key Business Ratios Authentication Required
      Key Business Ratios, from Dun and Bradstreet, help you to assess how a business is doing compared to an industry or a competitor. The 14 key business ratios cover the critical areas of business performance --solvency, efficiency and profitability. They are broken down into median figures, with upper and lower quartiles. Ratios are arranged by Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) Codes -a four-digit number that classifies business establishments by defining the industries in which they do business.
Find Industry Profiles: Sources to Help You Analyze Industries
  • S&P Capital IQ Authentication Required
    Overviews, rankings and comparative statistics for major industries that provides detailed information on public companies such as stock reports, bonds, stock valuation annual reports, and other detailed fianancial statistics. NetAdvantage also includes investment services such as the advisory newsletter Outlook and screening directories for stocks, bonds and mutual funds. There are also directories for private companies and the Register of Corporations, Directors, and Executives
  • IBIS World Authentication Required
    Industry reports for the United States, China, and selected global topics. Each reports provide overviews, leading companies, sales information, and authoritative sources for researching hundreds of industries. Includes Business Environmental Profiles that summarize key drivers for industries in the U.S.
  • Gale Virtual Reference Library Authentication Required
    Includes: Acronyms, Initialisms and Abbreviations Dictionary; Baker's Biographical Dictionary of Popular Musicians Since 1990; Business Plans Handbook; Contemporary Novelists; Contemporary Poets; Dictionary of American History; Encyclopedia of American Industries; Encyclopedia of World Biography; St. James Encyclopedia of Popular Culture
    --The Encyclopedia of American Industries is available on the web as part of the Gale Virtual Reference Library.
  • Value Line Investment Survey Authentication Required
    The Value Line Investment Survey is a comprehensive source of information and advice on approximately 1,700 stocks, more than 90 industries, the stock market, and the economy. It has three parts: The Ratings & Reports section contains one-page reports showing Value Line's Timeliness, Safety, and Technical ranks, financial and stock price forecasts for the coming 3 to 5 years, an analyst's written commentary, and more. The Summary & Index contains an index of all stocks in the publication as well as many up-to-date statistics. It also contains a variety of stock "screens" designed to help investors identify companies with various characteristics. The Selection & Opinion section contains Value Line's latest economic and stock market forecasts, one-page write-ups about interesting and attractive stocks, model portfolios, and financial and stock market statistics.

    Guide for finding industry reports in the Value Line Investment Surveys


    • Location(s): WILSON Reference Quarto HG4501 .V26

Find Journal or Magazine Articles on a Corporation or Industry
  • Business Source Premier Authentication Required
    Use this popular research database to find business articles from 2,200 journals and magazines in marketing, management, information technology, operations, human resources, accounting, finance and economics dating back to 1965. Additional company and industry profiles from Datamonitor are included along with country reports and SWOT analyses.
  • Factiva Authentication Required
    Full text database of media outlets, trade publications, news sources and websites that has international coverage. Includes daily newspapers, transcripts, newswires, and all editions of the Wall Street Journal. Financial information for publicly traded companies, stocks, funds, currencies, and common market indexes. Limited to 7 simultaneous users.

    Due to licensing restrictions for academic subscriptions, not all of the news sources in Factiva are available. See this list of Excluded Titles. If you need assistance using Factiva, please contact the Journalism Librarian.
  • LexisNexis Academic Authentication Required
    LexisNexis Academic is a full text databases of business, legal, news, magazines, and wire services. It includes sources for accounting, environmental studies, health and medical care, government and politics, people, and consumer information. Legal publications include law journals, federal and state statutes, codes, cases, agency rules & regulations, patents and legal reference materials.
  • ProQuest Newsstand Authentication Required
    ProQuest Newspapers provides indexing and full text access to 1,270 newspapers and wire feeds. Full-text titles include major U.S. daily newspapers such as the New York Times, USA Today, Wall Street Journal and Washington Post.
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