Computer Science Guide

Servers This guide will help you find books, videos, articles and websites about computer science. Use the tabs below and the menus on your right to start searching for different types of materials.

If you need additional help, come to the Library Reference Desk or Ask A Librarian.

  1. Books & Videos
  2. Databases
  3. Websites

Use the Library catalog to search the COD Library's collection of books, videos, e-books, and streaming media. Use your COD Library card to check these items out or access them online.

COD students, faculty, and staff can also create I-Share accounts that let you freely borrow books and videos from over 80 other academic libraries in Illinois. You can pick up and return I-Share items from the COD Library or any other member library.

Call Number Ranges

Use these call number ranges to browse the General Collection and the Reference Collection.

QA75.5 - 76.95 Computer science. (Programming languages, etc.)
TK5101 - TK6720 Telecommunications. (Networks & networking)
TK5105.88 (Internet and web technologies)
TK7800 - TK8360 (Electronics)
TK7885 - TK7895 (Computer engineering)

Certification Guides

For certification guides (such as CCNA and A+ certifications) use the College and Career Information Center collection.

E-Books and Streaming Videos

These online books and videos can be accessed from the COD network or anywhere on the internet if you have a Library card.
LyndaCampus ( ) provides a vast online library of instructional videos covering a variety of topics such as software training, business and creative skills, and study skills. Taught by accomplished teachers and recognized industry experts, is a high-quality resource for students, faculty, and staff looking to develop skills in Microsoft Office, Adobe Creative Suite, educational technology, social media, coding, and a wide range of other topics.
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Safari Books Online
The Safari TechBooks database contains the full text of books specifically for the Information Technology professional. It includes top publishers like O'Reilly, Sam's, CISCO Press and many more. Pages from this collection are printable. Books cannot be downloaded in their entirety.
Knovel Library
This database is a cross-searchable collection of electronic books covering many subjects in technology, engineering, applied technology, science, chemistry and physics and much more.
Springer E-book Collection
SpringerLink is a large collection of e-books covering topics in technology, sciences and medicine. The Library provides access to all titles published between 2005-2010. Use "Advanced Search" and limit to category of "Only Books." Then use "Publication Dates" between 2005-2010. Look for the green boxes for COD-owned titles. Chapters from this collection can be downloaded in PDF to read off-line.

E-books can also be found using the Library Catalog. Additional E-book collections can be found on the Library's E-books Databases page.

Use database to locate journal, magazine, newspaper or specialized articles. Databases are useful for finding timely articles about specific or emerging technologies and researching tech company information. You can use your COD Library card to access and download articles from off-campus.

Databases are organized collections of information that you can search on a variety of fields, like title and author's name. iTunes is a database and so is Amazon. Even your contacts list in your phone is a type of mini database. The Library has databases of articles from newspapers, magazines and journals. We also have databases of streaming videos, music and e-books. The difference between our databases and iTunes or Amazon is that our stuff is free for you to use. Browse the Library's databases now.


Best Bets

Academic OneFile
Academic OneFile is great for both popular and peer-reviewed full-text articles from the world's leading journals and reference sources. With extensive coverage of current events, physical sciences, technology, medicine, social sciences, the arts, theology, literature and other subjects, Academic OneFile is an excellent resource for general research.
Academic Search Complete
Academic Search Premier contains indexing and full text for 4515 journals. This collection provides both scholarly and popular journal coverage for nearly all academic areas of study - including social sciences, humanities, education, computer sciences, engineering, physics, chemistry, language and linguistics, arts & literature, medical sciences and ethnic studies. Academic Search Premier is a great resource for general research.

Other Choices

See the Technology Research Databases page for other useful databases.

Below are some established, high-quality websites useful for a variety of computer science and technology related research, but there are endless others you can find on your own. There are a variety of general purpose and specialized search tools you can use to search the web, just remember you need to carefully evaluate the accuracy and reliability of information your find on the open web.

Technology News Sites

ArsTechnica is a technology-related website that covers technology, science, and gaming news along with editorial comment and analysis.
Gizmodo is a technology blog dedicated to the latest technology devices.
LifeHacker is a content-rich blog dedicated to life hacks and software productivity.
Slashdot covers every aspect of computer science from emerging technologies and gaming to programming and the technology industry.
TechCrunch is a blog dedicated to profiling and reviewing new Internet products and companies.
Wired News is a daily news website covering all aspects of technology.

Devices and Reviews

C|NET is a major portal for technology reviews, news, downloads, and price comparisons.
Engadget is a multi-blog website covering consumer electronics and technology.
Technology Review
The oldest technology magazine in the world (est. 1899), Technology Review aims to promote the understanding of emerging technologies and to analyze their commercial, social, and political impacts. Technology Review is published by MIT.

Learning and Research

HowStuffWorks includes countless articles and videos explaining how a wide variety of technologies work. Click on "Communication", "Computer", or "Electronics" in the top navigation area of the website.
Khan Academy
Khan Academy offers free practice exercises, instructional videos, and a personalized learning dashboard covering math, science, computer programming.
MIT Computer Science Courseware
Free lecture notes, exams, and videos for full MIT computer science and electrical engineering courses. No registration is required.
Stack Overflow
Stack overflow is an open forum featuring millions of questions and answers covering a wide variety of programming topics. This is an invaluable resource for debugging and finding tips for your programming projects.
Professional IT news, research, and peer-to-peer advice from the large community of IT practitioners
TED Talks
Free online lectures given by the world's leading thinkers on a variety of technology topics. Click on "Technology" on the left-hand side of the page for just technology lectures.
Udemy Free
Udemy provides nearly 1,000 free online programming and development tutorials.
Most current and emerging technology topics are covered in-depth in Wikipedia. Look for external links and citations for each entry to compare Wikipedia's information with different online sources.

Computer Science @ COD

Use these sites to learn about computer science and technology classes, degrees, and faculty at C.O.D.

Cisco Certification Training
Computer and Internetworking Technologies (CIT)
Computer Information Systems (CIS)
Library and Information Technology
Office Technology Information