Computer Science Subject Guide - Library & Learning Resources - City College of San Francisco
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Finding Books

Reserve Books

Subject Headings

Reference Sources

Finding Articles

Web Resources

Evaluating Sources

Citing Sources

Additional Help

 

Computer Science Subject Guide

Subject guides are designed to help students begin the research process, find reputable sources, and save time.



Searching the Library Catalog for Books & Other Materials

To locate books and other materials in CCSF Libraries, select the Library Catalog from the Library's Homepage. You will notice many ways to search, such as Title, Author, Subject, Subject Keyword, etc.

Examples of Subject searches include: html, C Computer program language, database management, javascript, CGI, Unix, computer networks.


Reserve Materials

Reserve Materials include books, sample tests, class notes, and other items that instructors put at the library for class use. The check out time is shorter than regular circulating books.

To search for a book on reserve in the Library Catalog, select from the pulldown menu, either Reserve Materials by Course or Reserve Materials by Instructor.

When you have located the materials, write down the Call Number and Title and present this to a staff person at the Circulation Desk.

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Browsing the Library Collection

Materials in the Library are shelved by call number according to the Library of Congress classification system. Books are arranged on the shelves by subject. Relevant areas in the collection to find materials on computer science include:

SUBJECT HEADING
CALL NUMBER RANGE
Computer science QA 75.5-76.95
Computer software QA 76.75-76.765
Computer engineering TK 7885-7895
Computer Networks TK 5105.5-5105.9

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Using Key Reference Sources

Reference books provide background information and overviews on a given topic. Some relevant reference books in computer science include:

Encylopedia of Computer Science.
Ralston, Anthony, et al., eds. New York: Nature Publishing Group, 2000.
QA 76.15 E48 2000 Rosenberg Reference

Computer Science and Engineering Handbook.
editor in chief Allen B. Tucker, Jr. Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press, 1997
QA 76 C57315 1997 Rosenberg Reference.

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Searching for Articles in Periodical Databases

Periodical databases group together journal, magazine, and newspaper articles by subject. They also usually provide abstracts (brief summaries) and the full text of the articles. Do you need help identifying the differences between scholarly journal v. popular magazine articles?

Note: Most periodical databases are part of the private, passworded Web, so you will need to have a current CCSF ID card with a barcode to access those that CCSF subscribes to. You get the free barcode from the Library either in person or online.

Infotrac Web
Infotrac is a brand name for several databases with coverage from 1980 to the present. Most useful for computer science topics are the InfoTrac Expanded Academic ASAP, Business Index ASAP, and OneFile. These databases let you limit your results to articles only from scholarly journals by checking the box "Refereed titles."


SFPL - Electronic Resources, Magazines, and Newspapers
San Francisco Public Library subscribes to many periodical and reference databases. You must have a San Francisco Public Library card number to access them. Once you have entered your barcode number, select the subject - Science & Technology.  Applied Science & Technology Index and General Science Index, and Internet & Personal Computing Abstracts are two databases that index a lot of information on computer science..

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Finding Web Resources

Below are some examples of academic/scholarly web sites for computer science. If you use a search engine, such as Google, remember to evaluate the quality of the results.

Association for Computing Machinery
"Founded in 1947, ACM is a major force in advancing the skills of information technology professionals and students worldwide.".

IEEE Computer Society
"The IEEE Computer Society is the world's leading organization of computer professionals. Founded in 1946, it is the largest of the 36 societies of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)."

Computing Research Association
"The Computing Research Association (CRA) is an association of more than 200 North American academic departments of computer science, computer engineering, and related fields; laboratories and centers in industry, government, and academia engaging in basic computing research; and affiliated professional societies." .

C++ Programming Language
C++ resources by Bjarne Stroustrup, the creator of C++.

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Need More Assistance?

For additional help you may contact the Reference Desk by phone at (415) 452-5543 or stop by the East and West reference desks at the Rosenberg Library.

eRef
Electronic Reference Service to CCSF students, faculty, staff and registered community users. Use this service when you are NOT in a CCSF library.

Library and Web Research Workshops
FIfty minute workshops are given throughout the semester on effective methods in searching for books, articles and information on the Internet.

Evaluating and Citing Information Sources
Several useful sources for evaluating the quality of web pages, how to prepare citations for a "Bibliography" or "Works Cited" list, and how to avoid plagiarism.

Purdue's Online Writing Lab
One of the most thorough and easy to navigate writing labs avaialble!

A+ Research and Writing
Hosted by the Internet Public Library.

Writing Process @ CSU
Colorado State University developed these guides which "focus on a range of composing processes as well as issues related to the situations in which writers find themselves."


Send comments or suggestions to:

James Lim
Subject Selector
(415) 452-5430
jlim@ccsf.edu




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Last updated September 3, 2003

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