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Needles and Powers continue to help instructors stay on top of the change curve with Principles of Financial Accounting. Balanced, flexible content in this market-leading text is supported by an array of integrated print and technology supplements. Whether an instructor wants to present a user or procedural orientation, incorporate new instructional strategies, develop students' core skills and competencies, or integrate technology into the classroom, Principles of Financial Accounting provides a total solution, making it the natural choice for accounting instructors.

The Tenth Edition focuses primarily on the use of accounting information in today's business world—beginning with sole proprietorships—and represents the most significant revision of the text to date. Content updates reflect current accounting and business practices, while greater attention is given to ethics, service enterprises, and international issues. In addition, the text features a more concise, accessible writing style; a new design to emphasize the user-oriented content; and enhanced technology components for both instructors and students. Accuracy reviewers check every line and work through each exercise in the text and supplements, making Principles of Financial Accounting the most accurate among similar texts on the market.

  • New! A completely new, streamlined interior design emphasizes the user-oriented content and features more than 30 captioned photos, new line art, and a contemporary color palette that unify the text's elements and aid students' understanding of accounting.
  • New! The Tenth Edition offers greateraccessibility than ever before, appealing to a broad range of interests and skill levels. Where possible, detailed information has been made more concise, and procedural material has been rewritten to focus more on the use of accounting information in today's business world.
  • New! The Eduspace online learning tool pairs the widely recognized resources of Blackboard with quality, text-specific content from Houghton Mifflin. Auto-graded algorithmic homework exercises and MP3 files of chapter summaries come ready-to-use. Additional course management materials include HM Testing (powered by Diploma) and Houghton Mifflin's General Ledger Software.
  • New! Enhancements to the chapter openers include 18 new photos; new ethics statements and coverage of ethics/corporate governance in the Learning Objectives; all new Decision Point companies such as Google and Starbucks accompanied by questions for thought and discussion; and a new financial statement model that shows how the chapter topic is reflected in the financial statements.
  • New! The text features hundreds of publicly held companies—as well as international, governmental, and not-for-profit organizations—to illustrate the real-world application of accounting principles. New coverage includes CVS, Kraft Food Corporation, and Southwest Airlines. In addition, web links to the annual reports of companies mentioned in the text are available at the Online Study Center for students.
  • New! Following each learning objective, new Stop, Review, and Apply features present discussion questions and short exercises for students to complete based on the material they've just learned.
  • New! A Look Back At, located at the end of each chapter, revisits the company highlighted in the chapter-opening Decision Point and prompts students to reconsider the material covered in the chapter.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780395745663
  • Publisher: CENGAGE Learning
  • Publication date: 12/1/1995
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 6

Meet the Author

Belverd E. Needles, Jr. received BBA and MBA degrees from Texas Tech University and a PhD degree from the University of Illinois. He teaches financial accounting, managerial accounting, and auditing at DePaul University, where he is an internationally recognized expert in international accounting and education. He has published in leading journals and is the author or editor of more than 20 books and monographs. His Principles of Accounting text was translated into Russian and is now the leading textbook in Russia on Western accounting.

Dr. Needles is active in many academic and professional organizations; he is the current Chair of the Board of Directors of the Illinois CPA Society and the immediate past president of the International Association for Accounting Education and Research (IAAER). Among his roles, Dr. Needles has served as the elected U.S. Representative to the European Accounting Association, Chair of the International Accounting Section of the American Accounting Association, Director of continuing education for the American Accounting Association, and President of the Federation of Schools of Accountancy. He served as chair of the Academic and Career Development Executive Committee and on the Information Technology Executive Committee of the American Institute of CPAs. He served as the United States representative on the Education Committee of the International Federation of Accountants (IFAC) and a member of the Consultative Group of the International Accounting Standards Committee (IASC).

Dr. Needles has received several professional and academic excellence awards, including the Distinguished Alumni Award from Texas Tech University, the IllinoisCPA Society Outstanding Educator Award, the Joseph A. Silvoso Faculty Award of Merit from the Federation of Schools of Accountancy, the Ledger and Quill Award of Merit, and the Ledger and Quill Teaching Excellence Award. He was named Educator of the Year by the American Institute of CPAs, Accountant of the Year for Education by the national honorary society Beta Alpha Psi, and Outstanding International Accounting Educator by the American Accounting Association. He received the Excellence in Teaching Award from DePaul University.

Marian Powers earned her Ph.D. in accounting from the University of Illinois, Urbana. Since 1987, she has been a adjunct professor of Accounting at the Allen Center for Executive Education, Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University specializing in teaching non-financial managers how to read and understand internal and external financial reports. She previously served on the accounting faculties of the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University, the University of Illinois, Chicago, and the Lake Forest Graduate School of Management. Financial Accounting, which she co-authors with Belverd E. Needles, Jr., received the 1998 Textbook Excellence Award from the Text and Academic Authors Association. Her research has been published in The Accounting Review, The International Journal of Accounting, Issues in Accounting Education, The Journal of Accountancy, The Journal of Business, Finance and Accounting, and Financial Management. She has co-authored three interactive multimedia software products: FinGraph Financial Analyst financial analysis software, Financial Analysis and Decision Making, and Introduction to Financial Accounting. She serves on a team that develops and delivers the annual Conference on Accounting Education, now in its 15th year, which teaches accounting professors how to be more effective facilitators of learning. She has been active in several professional organizations including the Illinois CPA Society, American Accounting Association, European Accounting Association, International Association of Accounting Education and Research, the American Society of Women Accountants, and the Education Foundation for Women in Accounting. She has served as vice president–Programs and secretary of the Educational Foundation. She is a past national officer of the ASWA and past president of its Chicago chapter.

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Table of Contents

1. Uses of Accounting Information and the Financial Statements
2. Measuring Business Transactions
3. Measuring Business Income
4. Completing the Accounting Cycle
5. Merchandising Operations
6. Financial Reporting and Analysis
Supplement to Chapter 6: How to Read an Annual Report
7. Accounting Information Systems
8. Internal Control
9. Short-Term Financial Assets
10. Inventories
11. Long-Term Assets
12. Current Liabilities
13. Partnerships
14. Contributed Capital
15. The Corporate Income Statement and the Statement of Stockholders' Equity
16. Long-Term Liabilities
17. The Statement of Cash Flows
18. Financial Performance Evaluation
Appendix A. International Accounting
Appendix B. Long-Term Investments
Appendix C. The Time Value of Money
Appendix D. Future Value and Present Value Tables
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