How to Write Accounting Essay

1072 Words Nov 3rd, 2012 5 Pages
How to write an accounting essay...

The basis of most academic work is the ability to construct a good essay. Although this sounds obvious, it is a skill which most students need to develop as none of us is born with the natural ability to write an essay, never mind one which will both address a given topic effectively and adequately support an argument with evidence. The most important aspect of writing an accounting essay or report is that the content must be informative and factually accurate; to ensure that opinions are supported by facts and figures in accordance with latest financial reporting standards and the piece considers all points of views. The layout and presentation is also critical in writing a good accountancy essay.
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At this stage, the writer must also decide what resources will be required in terms of academic journals, technical accountancy publications, library databases, primary and secondary research and the internet (e-books and accountancy research websites). The aim of the research is to compile a list of referencing material from accountancy scholars and researchers in order to back up views and opinions expressed within the essay. The number of references to use will depend on the length and the nature of the essay. In writing an accountancy essay one will often have to use research conducted by others, as it is often not feasible to conduct primary research. Therefore, references to work carried out by others is appropriate within an accounting essay, but the writer must ensure that he or she uses the material so that it adds value to the essay, hence, supports or challenges a particular accounting concept or FRS.
Brainstorming at this stage can also provide the writer with valuable information and ideas for the production of a high quality essay.
Step Three: Inclusion of Calculations/Analysis
This section can be particularly important for writing an accountancy essay, as the nature of the subject area will more than likely require the use of example calculations, in order to

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