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Computer Information Science - Reference Resources

The reference collection is an excellent place to begin your research if you want to find:

  • a summary of a topic
  • background information on a topic
  • a list of recommended resources
  • factual information

When you find a reference book:

  • Scan the table of contents to see how it is organized.
  • Note its publication date to determine currency of the information.
  • Use the index to locate your topic within the book.

Scroll down for a list of some key resources in the field of Computers. These titles are located in the reference section.  You can click on this link to perform a search in SAILS using the topic Computers.

Webster's new world computer dictionary [electronic resource]
Whether you're a computer novice or a computer professional, Webster's New World™ Computer Dictionary is one of the most useful references you can buy.  It gives you clear and concise definitions for a significant number of up-to-date computer terms, including 250 that are completely new to this edition.

You'll find current coverage of the latest standards and protocols in storage, memory, peripherals, and more—plus updated and expanded information on computer security, legislation, and computer and Internet technology. Cross-referencing throughout directs you effortlessly to related terms and concepts that help you understand more about a given subject and put it into a larger context.

From using e-mail and going on the Internet (attachment, computer virus, cookie, shopping cart) to buying or upgrading a computer (Ethernet, G4, SDRAM) to boning up on terminology for a computer industry job (Advanced Encryption Standard, timecode editing, virtual private network), this invaluable resource gives you instant flip-and-find access to the information you need—from A (applet) to Z (zip drive).
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Computer resources for people with disabilities : a guide to assistive technologies, tools and resources for people of all ages  4th ed
Completely updated, with 40 percent new material, this is an indispensable guide for people with disabilities who wish to improve their lives through computer technology. It lists what's available and how best to use it; provides names of organizations, vendors, and online resources; and tells the stories of real people of all ages who are using technology successfully. Photographs, illustrations, and helpful charts are included.
REF HV 1569.5 A45 2004

Universal command guide for operating systems
The ultimate operating system reference: Over 8,000 commands and 57,000 command options from every major operating system--Windows. UNIX. Linux. NetWare. Macintosh. DOS. If you're a systems professional, chances are you're pretty familiar with commands in at least one of these operating systems. But what happens when you need to get up to speed on an operating system you don't know? This ingenious reference will have you up and running in no time. 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. The Universal Command Guide for Operating Systems bridges the gap between all operating systems by cross-referencing commands between the many different operating systems that exist today. 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.
REF QA 76.76 O63 U5 2002

Collins dictionary of computing [electronic resource]  3rd ed.
The third edition of this popular guide to the language and jargon of computing, from screen messages and hardware components and the terminology used in computer magazines and software manuals, has been extensively revised and updated.

In addition to the more technical terms that must inevitably be used to describe technical subjects, this dictionary contains a large selection of less serious words and phrases that add spice to the conversation of computer users. Words such as bug, worm and virus, digerati and careware are all fully explained here, making this a unique guide to the words that were once used by only a small coterie and have now become part of our everyday vocabulary.
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Dictionary of personal computing and the Internet [electronic resource]  3rd ed.
This dictionary provides the user with a comprehensive range of the vocabulary used in the field of computing from A1 to ZV Port. It covers all aspects of computing, including hardware, software, peripherals, networks and programming, as well as many applications in which computers are used, such as the Internet or desktop publishing. It also describes the latest developments in networks, the Internet, communications, programming, multimedia, processor design and storage technology.
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