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Computer Science: Getting Started

Reference Books

A great way to start your research is by reading overviews and summaries of a potential topic.  Reference books, like encyclopedias, dictionaries, and handbooks, provide this type of authoritative information in a very condensed format.   Reference books will:

  • include helpful introductory information
  • contain citations to other sources
  • list statistics, dates and facts
  • provide reviews, biographies and definitions

Don't cite these materials. The reason you don't cite reference books is that they don't provide any original information.  They only give you a condensed summary of what other people have said about a topic. Use these materials to give you ideas for a topic, write down relevant facts and keywords, and then search Quest or the library databases to locate books and articles.  

Ethics (FSEM)

Biographies

These books in Simpson Library Reference contain biographical information. To identify books that reference a particular individual, start with the database Biography and Genealogy Master Index.

History

Data Science

Artificial Intelligence (FSEM)

Human Computer Interaction