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Just getting started?

Start by doing some background research. Take time to engage in some brainstorming exercises that will help you identify key subject terms. Encyclopedias and other reference resources can be used to help you refine your subject terms and the citations in these sources can be used to find more information on your topic.

Consider how much time you have to complete your assignment and how hard it will be to get the resources you need for your topic. If you are finding your research difficult to manage, narrow your topic or break your research down into manageable sub-topics. If you are not finding enough information on your topic, try using broader subject terms.

Other Useful Guides

Guide to the Library Using Databases Citation Guide

Library Catalog: Books, Videos, e-Books and more!

Call number areas to browse

Subject Area
Call Number Range
Subject Area
Call Number Range
Subject Area
Call Number Range
Computer Science QA 76 Computer Graphics TR 8 Computer Programming QA 76
Computer Animation TR 89 Application Software QA 76 TCP/IP (Computer Network) TK 5
Web Sites --Design QA 76

The books in the library are organized by subject. You can browse these call number areas to find related books. So, if you are searching the library catalog and find a book that looks interesting or particularly relevant to your research, you can search the shelves in the library in the same call number area to find related items.

Reference Sources

Title Call Number
Encyclopedia of computer science and technology REF QA76.15 .H43 2009
The illustrated AutoCAD 2006 quick reference REF T385.G6922 2006
Handbook of human factors in Web design REF TK5105.888 H3635 2011
The Handbook of Information and Computer Ethics REF QA76.9.M65 H36 2008
Find More

The reference collection is located at the back, right-hand side of the library. Items in this collection cannot be checked out, but a copier is conveniently located so you can make copies of the resources you find.

To search the Library Catalog for reference books about Computer Science, go to www.lonestar.edu/library and select "Advanced Search" on the "Catalog" tab. Enter "Computer Science" or a related subfield into the "Subject" field and then limit your search by selecting "Collection: Reference Books" from the Collections/Media menu.

To limit your search to items located at Montgomery Library, select "Location: LSC-Montgomery" in the Locations menu.

Circulating Books

Title Call Number
Building software for simulation: theory and algorithms, with applications in C++ QA76.9 .C65 N88 2011
Undocumented secrets of MATLAB-Java programming QA297 .A544 2012
Computer games and instruction LB1029.G3 C67 2011
Network and application security fundamentals and practices TK5105.59 .G36 2012

Find More Computer Programming Find More Computer Security Find More Software Development


To search the Library Catalog for books about Computer Science, go to www.lonestar.edu/library and select "Advanced Search" on the "Catalog" tab. Enter "Computer Science" or a related subfield into the "Subject" field and then limit your search to items you can check-out by selecting "Collection: Circulating Books" from the Collections/Media menu.

To limit your search to items located at Montgomery Library, select "Location: LSC-Montgomery" in the Locations menu.

E-Books

Title E-Book Type
Beginning PHP and MySQL EBSCO eBook
AutoCAD 2014 for Dummies Ebsco eBooks
Cisco: The Complete Reference netLibrary eBook
Synchronization in complex networks Ebsco eBooks

Find More Cisco Systems Find More Web Site -- Design Find More Microsoft


To search the Library Catalog for e-books about Computer Science or a related subfield, go to www.lonestar.edu/library and select "Advanced Search" on the "Catalog" tab. Enter "Computer Science" or a related subfield into the "Subject" field and then limit your search to items you can check-out by selecting "Collection: Electronic Books" from the Collections/Media menu.

To limit your search to items available to Montgomery Library patrons only, select "Location: LSC-Montgomery" in the Locations menu.

Audio/Visual Materials

Title Call Number
Computer Science 101 PN1997 .C667 2009
Computers and information technology QA76.25 .C6 2009
The business: the rise and rise of Bill Gates HD9696.C62 B98 2003

Find More Computer Graphics Find More Computer Hackers Find More Computer Animation


To search the Library Catalog for books about Computer Science, go to www.lonestar.edu/library and select "Advanced Search" on the "Catalog" tab. Enter "Computer Science" or a related subfield into the "Subject" field and then limit your search to items you can check-out by selecting "Media: Videos, DVDs, films, slides, etc." from the Collections/Media menu.

To limit your search to items located at Montgomery Library, select "Location: LSC-Montgomery" in the Locations menu.

Periodicals

Campus Technology ePeriodicals Collection
MacWorld Periodicals Collection
PC World Periodicals Collection
Scientific American ePeriodicals Collection
Physics Today ePeriodicals Collection
The Scientist Periodicals Collection
Wired Periodicals Collection

The periodical section is located in front of the circulating collection, next to the outdoor patio area. The periodical collection is organized by title. These items cannot be checked out, but there is a copy machine available adjacent to the periodical section.

Tips!

Requesting items not available at Montgomery Library:

If there is an item listed in the catalog, but it is not located at Montgomery Library, just select the “Request First Available Copy of this Item” button from the catalog record to have the item sent to Montgomery Library for pick-up. To complete your request, you need your library barcode and PIN number. Generally, your PIN number is the last 4 digits of the phone number you used to register for classes. If you have problems requesting an item, contact the Circulation Desk in person, at 936.273.7387 or email mclr@lonestar.edu

If the item is not available in the catalog:

Just select the “Requests” tab located in the upper, right-hand side of the screen. Complete and submit the Inter-Library Loan Request Form – LSCS. Contact a librarian if you need help!

Research Databases: Find journal, magazine, and newspaper articles

Recommended Databases

Computer Source Full text for nearly 300 publications on computer science, programming, AI, information systems, robotics, and software.
Safari Tech Books Online Safari is the premier electronic reference library for programmers and IT professionals.
Science & Technology Over 800 full-text journals; topics include aeronautics, astrophysics, chemistry, computing, geology, aviation, physics, archaeology.
Science Online This full-text, weekly multidisciplinary scientific journal publishes original peer-reviewed research and noteworthy science news (July 1880 to the present.

Tips!

Finding the right database:

If you’d like to explore a subject area: Access the Research Databases: www.lonestar.edu/library -> Find Articles Tab -> Select a category that is relevant to your topic.

If you know the title of the journal you’re looking for, use the A to Z Electronic Journal Search to find out which database provides access to that journal: www.lonestar.edu/library -> Find Articles Tabs -> A to Z Electronic Journal Search -> Select “Search” tab

If you know the database title: www.lonestar.edu/library -> Find Articles Tab -> Find Database by Title

If the full-text/PDF version of an article is not available, select the “Check LinkSource for more information” link to see if another database offers full-text access.

Accessing Databases from Home:

You can access these databases from home using your library barcode number. If you have problems accessing the databases, contact the Circulation Desk in person, at 936.273.7387 or email mclr@lonestar.edu

Interlibrary Loan (ILL):

If you are not able to find a resource that you need in the databases or in the library catalog, you can request the item via the Interlibrary Loan Form: http://www.lonestar.edu/library/interlibrary-request.htm

Scholarly, Peer-Reviewed Sources

Scholarly articles are written by an authority on the subject and are meant to share primary research with others in the field. Unlike popular sources, scholarly sources generally have a narrow audience and include a clear author or sponsoring association. These documents are very structured and usually include a literature review, methodology, and extensive citations. Many scholarly sources are also peer-reviewed which means others in the field reviewed the work before it was published. Many databases will allow you to limit your search to scholarly and/or peer-reviewed sources – look for this option.

Websites

Occasionally the librarians at LSC - Montgomery library will find a website they consider exceptional or particularly useful for academic research.

Suggested Websites:

3dui.org people.cs.vt.edu/~bowman/3dui.org/Home.html
BugMeNot bugmenot.com
The Computing Research Association cra.org
IEEE Computer Society computer.org/portal/web/swebok
Code Academy http://www.codecademy.com/
Wireless Networking site.nissr.com/zeino/wireless-links.html
Internet Society internetsociety.org
Richard G Baldwin Programming Tutorials dickbaldwin.com
Open Directory Project: Computer & Programming Languages dmoz.org/Computers/Programming/Languages

Getting research assistance . . .

Subject Librarian

Sarah Palacios-Wilhelm
Email: sarahpwilhelm@lonestar.com Phone: 936.273.7393 Office: bldg. F-161 office number

Reference Desk

Email: mclr@lonestar.eduPhone: 936 273 7390

Department Contacts

Department Home: http://www.lonestar.edu/cit-dept-montgomery.htm

Name Email Phone Number Office Number
Carolyn Poe, Department Chair Carolyn.R.Poe@lonestar.edu 936.273.7481 F353
Rajiv Malkan Rajiv.R.Malkan@lonestar.edu 936.273.7344 F342
Gordon Carruth Gordon.Carruth@lonestar.edu 936.273.7356 F344
Teresa Fernandez, Faculty Adviser Teresa.s.fernandez@lonestar.edu 936.273.7349
Habib Far, Faculty Adviser Habib.y.far@lonestar.edu 936.273.7093


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