Journal / General Journal

Here, the double entry book-keeping requires two books for it to carry out operation effectively. Those books are the journal and the ledger. Journal is defined as a book that contains private records of events as they occur day in and day out

A journal performs so many functions as thus:

(i) It serves as a diary where business transactions are recorded as they occur

(ii) It serves as a book of explanation since it requires a brief explanatory note called a narrationĀ 

(iii) It serves as a book of instructions since it states which of the accounts requires a debit entry and which of them requires a credit entry

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