Computer Science

Book Catalogs & E-book Databases

OneSearch

OneSearch is the catalog for both the John Spoor Broome (JSB) Library and all 23 California State Universities. Everything or Books and Media All CSU will allow you to search all the books and media for the 23 campuses. The Books and Media CSUI allows you to locate books, electronic books, DVDs, CDs, and other items owned by the JSB Library.

 

WorldCat is a library catalog that contains items from libraries worldwide. When you find an item you would like in WorldCat you will want to click on the item title to verify that California State University, Channel Islands is not one of the libraries that owns this item.  If you would like to request this item click link Request Item through Interlibrary Loan.  This is a service available only to CSUCI Students, Faculty, and Staff.

 

Ebrary offers access to thousands of e-books from trustworthy, academic publishers, this database provides authoritative information across the disciplines, including Language and Literature. Ebrary books can be downloaded to personal computers or devices (except Kindle) after creating a personal account and signing in. They may also be saved in PDF.

 

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Computer Science Databases--Kristen 2.0

ACM Portal

This database is a vast collection of citations and full text from Association of Computing Machinery journal and newsletter articles and conference proceedings.

ArXiv.org

Open access to over 600,000 e-prints in physics, mathematics, non-linear science, computer science, quantitative biology, quantitative finance and statistics. E-prints conform to Cornell University academic standards.

Academic Search Premier

Academic SearchTM Premier contains indexing and abstracts for more than 8,300 journals, with full text for more than 4,500 of those titles. This database contains coverage across the disciplines including biology, chemistry, engineering, physics, psychology, history, religion & theology, and many more.

Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)

Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) offers full-text access to more than 2 million articles from over 12,000 electrical engineering, computer science, and electronic publications.

Safari

A database full of Safari Technology books. Safari publishes books on various aspects of technology including computer programing.

Science (1997-present)

Science has the largest paid circulation for a peer-reviewed general-science journal. Originally funded in 1880 by Thomas Edison it is published by the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the world's largest general science society.

ScienceDirect

This database offers full-text to over 2,500 journals of core scientific literature.

SpringerLink

Full-text articles to more than 1,100 scientific journals.

Wiley Interscience

Wiley Online Library features access to over 4 million articles and 10,000 online books, including Earth and environmental sciences.

 

Scholarly vs. Peer-reviewed

 

Scholarly journals contain articles written by, and addressed to, experts in a discipline. Scholarly journals present the research of experts in a field, although these journals also often carry opinion pieces or even advertisements unique to the field addressed by the journal. Publication cycles vary for scholarly journals, ranging from yearly to monthly but most frequently they are published bimonthly (every other month) or quarterly.

 

Peer-reviewed journals (also called refereed or juried journals) send submitted articles to one or more experts for review before deciding to publish them. This review process helps ensure that published articles reflect solid scholarship in a field. Most often, the experts reviewing an article make critical comments on the text, comments that the author must incorporate into the article before its publication.

 

While not all scholarly journals are peer-reviewed, it is usually safe to assume that a peer-reviewed journal is also scholarly.

Is it peer-reviewed?

Several resources are available to help CSUCI library users identify peer-reviewed articles.  Many of the journals indexed in specialized databases are scholarly but those databases do not tell you whether a journal is peer reviewed or not.  To find out if a journal is peer reviewed, ask at the Reference Desk for Ulrich's International Periodicals Directory.  Volume 5 of Ulrich’s has a list of "Refereed Serials."  While this list is not exhaustive, it is the most complete list available.

If you cannot find the publication listed in Ulrich's International Periodicals Directory, you should go the the publication's website.  Often times you can determine if a journal is peer-reviewed by looking at their submission process on their website.

Websites

Evaluating Internet Sources

Not all information is equally valuable. Retrieved information, whether from a print or non-print sources, must be carefully examined to determine its usefulness and quality. As the World Wide Web becomes more popular as a source of information for assignments and research papers, it is important to be able to select and critically evaluate the sites you visit.

 

Relevance/Appropriateness

  1. Is the format/medium of the information useful for your assignment?
  2. If you need primary sources, is this a primary source?
  3. Is the information comprehensive enough for your needs?
  4. Does the information express a particular point of view?
  5. Is the information directed toward a general (vs. a specialized) audience?

Currency

  1. Is there an indication of when the information was created/published?
  2. Is the information regularly updated?
  3. Is the information still valid for your topic?


Authority/Credibility

  1. Is there information on the author/producer of the source?
  2. Is there information on author/producer’s credentials?
  3. Does the information come from an “authoritative” source?
  4. Is there contact information (e.g. email address for author/producer)?


Coverage

  1. Does the information source cover the topic extensively?
  2. Is the information abridged (e.g. table of contents/summary only)?
  3. Is full-text information available only to subscribers?


Accuracy

  1. Is the information presented as fact (vs. opinion)?
  2. If the information is presented as fact, can it be assessed for accuracy (i.e. are there footnotes or references)?
  3. Does the information appear to be biased?

Design

  1. Is the page layout visually pleasing?
  2. Are the buttons or icons easy to understand?
  3. Are the hot links provided to additional information?
  4. Do the images enhance the information?
  5. Is the load/response time acceptable?

Computer Science--- Associations

Association for Computing Machinery

The ACM is the world's largest educational and scientific computing society. The organization strives to advance computing as a science and a profession.

Computing Research Association

The CRA is an association of more than 200 North American academic departments of computer science, computer engineering, and related fields.

IEEE Computer Society

The IEEE Computer Society is the world's leading computing membership organization offering trusted information and career development.

International Association of Computer Science and Information Technology

The IACSIT is a nonprofit organization made up of distinguished scholars engaged in the Computer Science and Information Technology fields.

OASIS

OASIS (Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards) works for development, convergence, and adoption of open standards for the global information society.

SIGACT

SIGACT (Special Interest Group on Algorithms and Computation Theory) is a division of the ACM, which fosters and promotes the discovery and disemination of high quality theoretical computer science.

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