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FIND AN ARTICLE: SEARCH THE LIBRARY’S DATABASES

These databases are either tailored to your subject or they provide coverage over a wide range of interdisciplinary topics. Before you start, you might take a look at some tips on searching databases.

  • Computer Source: Offers full text articles from nearly 300 publications and abstracts from nearly 450 publications focused on high technology
  • Academic Search Premier: An interdisciplinary database that provides full text for nearly 4,600 journals, including more than 3,900 peer-reviewed title
  • Issues and Controversies: Covers current social topics that inspire debate, such as computer hacking or Internet piracy, and offers information on both sides of the argument
  • Points of View: Offers overviews on a variety of current events and sets of opposing viewpoints on controversial subjects, such as Internet censorship
  • Computer Database: Includes indexing, abstracts and full-text coverage from more than 800 journals and periodicals covering the computer, telecommunications and electronics industry.

FIND A BOOK: ONLINE OR IN THE LIBRARY

 

If you can't go the library's stacks, check out our collection of online reference books:

  • Credo Reference Online: Access to more than 600 reference books, including general and specialized encyclopedias and dictionaries for overviews on topics
  • World Geography and Culture Online: Provides maps, images, and the ability to compare demographic information from different countries

If you can visit the library, it's easy to browse our collection because we organize books by their subject:

Organizing Books By Subject
SUBJECT CALL NUMBER HEADING
Science Q
Mathematics QA
Technology T
Mechanical engineering and machinery TJ
Electronic engineering. Electronics. TK

You also might try these reference books:

  • Encyclopedia of Computer Science: Contains more than 7000 entries to explain major concepts and theories in computer science and includes appendices, tables, and an index Ref QA 76 .15 .E48 2000
  • McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Science and Technology: A 20-volume set that offers more than 7,000 entries on scientific and technological developments and concepts Ref Q 121 .M3 2007
  • Reference Data for Engineers: Offers information on electronics, computers, radios, and forms of telecommunications Ref TK 6552. F4 2002
  • Wired Style: A style guide for the digital age, providing information on how to write about technology and how to maintain consistent style when publishing electronically Ref QA 76 .15 .W569 1996
  • Desktop Encyclopedia of Telecommunications: Contains more than 200 entries and includes cross-references, illustrations, and an index Ref TK 5102 .M85 1998
  • Van Nostrand’s Scientific Encyclopedia: A set of two volumes providing information on scientific terms and concepts Ref Q 121 .V3 2002
  • Science Dictionary: Offers concise definitions of terms used in a wide range of sciences Ref Q 123 .A5178 2005

FIND A WEBSITE: USE INTERNET RESOURCES WISELY

Although these websites are likely to be accurate, you should still evaluate information found on the Internet.

  • TechXtra: A searchable database that includes links to guides, newsletters, and journals
  • CiteSeer: Offers access to a digital library of scientific and engineering literature, hosted by Penn State
  • Wired News: Provides current news stories and information about computers and technology around the world
  • Home and Learn: Contains tutorials for beginners for Office software, HTML, CSS, and JavaScript
  • TechNewsWorld: Offers news stories related to technology, computers, and science from a business perspective
  • The NIST Definition of Cloud Computing provides basic explanations of storing digital information,  developed by the National Institute of Standards and Technology
  • IEEE Global History Network offers peer-reviewed articles, oral histories, a timeline and more information about the history of computing.

FIND A PRINT JOURNAL: READ THE LATEST ISSUES

The library subscribes to magazines and journals that are related to your field. Head to Tioga 2 and browse through some of these journals:

  • Technology Review
  • Scientific American
  • New Scientist


CITATION GUIDES: CREATE A BIBLIOGRAPHY

Whether you use websites, electronic journals, reference books, or print resources, you will need a bibliography. Here’s some information on how to cite your sources:

  • Avoid inadvertent plagiarism: [PDF] It’s possible to copy from a source and not even know that you’ve done anything wrong. Read up on how to use your sources.
  • KnightCite: This great formats the bibliographic entry for you, and you can select the appropriate style (MLA, APA, Chicago).
  • Guide to the MLA style: [PDF] The MLA-style is generally used for papers written in the humanities.
  • Guide for the APA style: [PDF] The APA-style is generally used for papers written in the social sciences, especially psychology.

FIND MORE HELP: USE COLLEGE RESOURCES

Don’t hesitate to talk to a librarian, a tutor, or your instructor when conducting research. Make the most of these resources!


Published Jun 18, 2013 (Updated Feb 3, 2014)


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