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Accounting Research: Researching the Accounting Industry

This Library Research Guide provides a great starting point for students & faculty researching accounting & auditing topics.

Codes for Accounting Industry

541211 is the NAICS Code for Offices of Certified Public Accountants. Visit the Economic Census page to view the description and to view other NAICS codes of interest. What is a NAICS Code?

8721 is the SIC Code for Accounting, Auditing, and Bookkeeping Services. Visit the Occupational Safety and Health Administration page to view the description and to view other SIC Codes of interest. What is a SIC Code?

Sources of Industry Profiles & Surveys

Below are recommended library resources for retrieving industry surveys and market research reports for accounting. Try the first two: IBIS & MarkeLine. Additional databases are listed on the Industry & Market Research Guide.

Finding Articles in Professional & Trade Journals about Accounting Trends.

These databases allow you to search by SIC or NAICS Codes and using combinations of keywords.

Suggested keywords may include:
Accounting Firms
Public Accounting
CPA Firms
Accountancy Industry
Accountants
Auditors

Reference Books