From "Abstract Data Types" to "WiMAX Networks", this online encyclopedia provides introductory information on a variety of topics relevant to computer science and engineering. Each article is written by an expert, and additional references are included. To access content, click on "Articles by Title" or "Articles by Topic" under the Find Articles category on the left menu OR click the "Search in the Book" link on the right under the search box.
Reviews, dissertations and overviews
Some journal articles are literature reviews. Reviews are helpful because someone else summarizes the research in a topical area (up to a particular date), essentially doing some of your research for you, and providing some context for that research. These reviews are also rich resources for identifying key articles in a specific subject area. Articles in the Annual Review publications and the literature review chapter in PhD Dissertations also contain such review information. If you want an overview of an area, try the Synthesis Digital Library.
These publications concentrate on reviews of specific topical areas in a range of disciplines. These are indexed in some of the article databases that have been mentioned, but you can also search this source directly.
The "lectures" contained in this resource are intended to provide an overview for specialists to areas that are not their specialty. They are therefore a good introduction into the area covered. You might think of these as short (around 100 pages), focused books. Titles for which the full-text is available display a check mark in a green circle at the end of the title.
Authors write for a variety of purposes and audiences. Sometimes their content is more suited to a journal article or conference paper, and sometimes to a book or an encyclopedia article. Books contain more material than articles, and that additional material may contain a better overview of an area, or more context. In general, the content will be older, more descriptive, and less research-based than the content of articles. Some databases are listed below that help you identify books.
WorldCat Discovery is a great place to start searching for books, articles and media located at the Boise State University Albertsons Library. This database ALSO searches for books, articles and media available at thousands of libraries worldwide. Use the Interlibrary Loan service to request those items that are not available at Boise State University Albertsons Library.