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CIS53 - Operating Systems & Hardware

This Course Guide is designed to assist you with assignments and research for the course Operating Systems & Hardware, CIS53.    If you need assistance using any of the sources or need help finding additional information please contact a reference librarian either by stopping by the LRC, calling 508-678-2811 x2108, or using our Online Reference form.

CIS53 is an in-depth look at computer operating systems.  The operating systems covered include DOS, Windows 98, Windows XP, and Red Hat Linux.  The topics that are covered are from both an end-user and an administrative standpoint. 

This course guide is designed to provide you with some basic sources available at the LRC and through the web that will provide you with information on operating systems.  For further assistance please ask a reference librarian.  They will be happy to help you.

Subject Headings

The BCC Learning Resources Center (LRC) and the SAILS network of libraries (of which we are a member) have a number of books on computer operating systems.  Listed below are some subject headings that are linked to our online catalog to search LRC holdings or the holdings of any or all libraries in the SAILS network (over 60). 

If you select “Search all libraries” from the drop down menu at the right of the search screen of the online catalog, you will retrieve many more books and other materials on your subject than just doing a search of the LRC. 

Materials requested from other libraries are delivered to the LRC within 2 to 3 business days.  Please ask a reference librarian for more information or go to our research guides, located on the menu at the LRC web site.  Select the guide
How to Place a Hold in the Online Catalog.”

File organization (Computer science)

Graphical user interfaces


Microsoft Windows (Computer file)

MS-DOS (Computer file)

Operating systems (Computers)

UNIX (Computer file)

Utilities (Computer programs)

 Selected Reference Books

Title                                                   Call Number

Encyclopedia of Computer Science        Ref. QA 76.15 E48 2000

Considered the standard one-volume reference in the field of computer science, this encyclopedia is useful for the computer professional as well as students.  Entries are comprehensive and concise and covers every major aspect in the field.


Encyclopedia of Computers                Ref. QA 76.15 E53 2001   
and Computer History   (2 vols.)

Provides a complete A-to-Z reference guide to computers, their development, and their usage in today's world.  This two-volume set provides over 900 pages of facts, definitions, biographies, histories, and explanations of a wide variety of computer-related subjects. 

The Software Encyclopedia                Ref. QA 76.753 S67 2001
(2 vols.)

Provides comprehensive and detailed information on microcomputer software. There is a guide to systems in volume 2 which presents applications that can use Linux, Microsoft DOS, OS/2, Windows and Unix, among a number of other systems. It provides annotated listings for more than 32,400 new and established programs. Covering every format, from disk to CD-ROM, the Encyclopedia indexes all entries by title and by compatible system and application.

Universal Command Guide           Ref. QA 76.76 O63 U5 2002
for Operating Systems

Provides over 8,000 commands and 57,000 command options from every major operating system--Windows. UNIX. Linux. NetWare. Macintosh. DOS. It describes and illustrates every command in every commonly used operating system, and cross-references each command to the equivalent commands in other operating systems. All major operating systems are covered and fully referenced, including IBM AIX 4.3.3; Sun Solaris 7 and 8; Red Hat Linux 7.0; OpenBSD 2.7; NetWare 3.12, 4.11, 5.1, and 6; DOS 6.22; Windows 95, 98, Me, XP, NT 4 Workstation, NT 4 Server, NT 4 Terminal Server, 2000 Professional, 2000 Server, 2000 Advanced Server; and Mac OS 9.1.

Windows XP from A to Z:             Ref. QA 76.76 O63 C677 2001
a Quick Reference Of More Than
300 Microsoft Windows Tasks, Terms, and Tricks

Providing more than 300 entries, this A to Z reference shows short, step-by-step descriptions and easy-to-understand definitions of all the common Windows XP terms. The XP data is organized alphabetically by task..

 Periodical Databases

The LRC has a number of databases that will provide you with information on operating systems. These databases index journal and periodical articles, newspaper articles, transcripts from radio or TV news shows, pamphlets, and excerpts from reference books. The majority of databases have full text of the article, and it will appear right on the database and be available for printing. Below is a list of comprehensive databases which will have information on operating systems:

- Academic Search Premier                      

Electric Library 

           - Expanded Academic ASAP

           - General Reference Center Gold

           - MAS Ultra - School Edition

           - MasterFile Premier  

If your research involves aspects of business or company applications to operating systems, you might want to try some of our business databases:

          - Business Source Premier   

          - General BusinessFile ASAP

          - Lexis-Nexis: Business

Regional Business News

In the above databases you will find many full text articles and abstracts using general subject terms such as “operating systems (computers)” to more specific term(s) such as “red hat linux.” All of the above databases will give you information on the latest developments in operating systems.

Databases are accessible from off campus to patrons who have a valid accessBCC card unless otherwise specified.

 Web Sites

Computer Hope
A collection of free services that allows any user to access its database of extensive free computer related information. At their “operating systems” link there is a wealth of information on many different operating systems.

Basic UNIX
This site from the University Of Oregon Computing Center presents basic UNIX procedures and commands.

DOS the Easy Way Guide to MS-DOS
This site provides a DOS Command Index from the book DOS the Easy Way, by Everett Murdock. The index gives information about all current DOS commands, and includes the type, syntax, and purpose of the command and also gives a discussion and examples of the command.

An information resource about electronics, computers, scientific, and educational materials. Under “operating systems” they provide a vast amount of information and internet links on DOS, Windows, Windows XP and UNIX, including Linux.

Linux Online
A central source of Linux information and a voice for the promotion and advocacy of the Linux operating system.

Microsoft Windows 98

Provides a wealth of how-to articles on Windows 98 from the website.

Microsoft Windows XP
Taken from the Microsoft website, this Windows XP site gives much information on Windows XP in the form of “how-to articles,” tips and tricks, and downloads.

This site provides Microsoft related documentation and downloads for numerous topics associated with Microsoft products.

Red Hat
Official site of the Red Hat Linux Company, containing news, support, documentation, whitepapers, downloads, consulting, training, and more.

Techi Warehouse
Provides the history of DOS along with tutorials, lists of commands, basic MS-DOS tips, and links to other related web sites.

UNIX Tutorial for Beginners
Presents a clear and concise explanation of the UNIX operating system.

Windows 98 Tutorial
This tutorial provides an introduction to Windows 98 using a question and answer format. Intended for the end user, it covers computer start-up and shutdown, printers and printing, desktop shortcuts, wallpaper, fonts, and much more.

Windows XP User
Provides a wide range of information about Windows XP, such as news, hints, tips, tutorials, features and how-to articles.