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Computer Science: Books & eBooks

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Sample Searches

Sample Searches:

networking AND communication

Use AND between two or more terms to find materials with all the concepts.  Searching for networking AND communication will only include books that have both networking and communication in their contents.


(machine learning OR artificial intelligence) AND databases

Use OR between similar concepts.  Searching for (machine learning OR intelligence) AND databases will find books that refer to machine learning and databases, as well as artificial intelligence and databases.


"social media"

Use quotation marks ( " " ) around specific phrases such as "social media" to find the words in that specific order.



Use an asterisk ( * ) to find multiple versions of one word.  Using * as a search term will include results that refer to compute, computer, computing, and computation.

When You Find a Book in the Library Catalog...

...Write down the book's Call Number. The call number is basically the book's address, and is what you will use to find the book on the shelf.

Learn More About Call Numbers and Finding Books

(eBooks do not have call numbers. You will view them online.)


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There are two ways you can find eBooks (aka electronic books).  They are listed in the Library Catalog, or you can search individual collections of eBooks:

Textbooks on Reserve

Did you know that you can find some of your textbooks on reserve at the library? Stop by the circulation desk and see if your course instructor provided a copy for student use.