Computer Science Subject Guide
guides are designed to help students begin the research process,
find reputable sources, and save time.
the Library Catalog for Books & Other Materials
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,
Examples of Subject searches include: html, C Computer program language, database management,
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.
Browsing the Library Collection
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:
CALL NUMBER RANGE
Key Reference Sources
provide background information and overviews on a given topic. Some
relevant reference books in computer science include:
Ralston, Anthony, et al., eds. New York: Nature Publishing Group, 2000.
QA 76.15 E48 2000 Rosenberg Reference
Computer Science and
editor in chief Allen B. Tucker, Jr. Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press, 1997
QA 76 C57315 1997 Rosenberg Reference.
for Articles in 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
journal v. popular magazine articles?
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 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..
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++.
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.
and Citing Information Sources
Electronic Reference Service to CCSF students, faculty, staff and
registered community users. Use this service when you are NOT in
a CCSF 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
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.
Online Writing Lab
One of the most thorough and easy to navigate writing labs avaialble!
Hosted by the Internet Public Library.
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