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Oakton Community College's Accounting program offers an A.A.S. degree as well as certificates in accounting, bookkeeping, income tax preparation, and professional accounting-CPA preparation. Graduates may qualify as tax aides, assistants to controllers or staff accountants. 

Use this research guide as a starting point for your accounting research. Each tab above will take you to a set of information resources. Ask an Oakton reference librarian for additional research assistance.

What is Accounting?

"Accounting involves the classification and recording of monetary transactions; the presentation and interpretation of the results of those transactions in order to assess performance over a period and the financial position at a given date; and the monetary projection of future activities arising from alternative planned courses of action. Accounting in larger businesses is typically carried out by financial accountants, who focus on formal, corporate issues such as taxation, and management accountants, who provide management reports and guidance."

"accounting." QFinance: The Ultimate Resource. London: A&C Black, 2009. Credo Reference. Web. 12 September 2013.

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