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Computer Networking and Information Technology

Source Types

Description

  • Background sources (also known as reference sources) are tertiary and contain information we "refer" to, such as dictionaries and encyclopedias. These are good sources to use to get started - when you need ideas for how to narrow your topic, or could use more words to describe your needs (such as when thinking of keywords to put into a search box.)

What do they contain?

  • Entries (though sometimes articles & videos!)

How often are these sources published?

  • Once, annually, or every few years

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Alternative places to look:

Description

  • Books are full length sources that can be on a topic by one or more authors, or anthologies, which contain several chapters/sections written by different authors that are often compiled by an editor.

What do they contain?

  • Chapters, sections, essays

How often are these sources published?

  • Once, annually, or every few years

Found in:

Description

  • Magazines, journals, and newspapers, are types of "periodicals" - as in, they are published periodically throughout the year. There are many different intended audiences.
    • Magazines are generally intended for a broader, public audience.
      • Examples: People, Vogue, and The Atlantic.
    • Journals are often intended for a scholarly audience (scholars, academics, researchers, etc.) Many of these journals go through a peer-review editing process. Peer-reviewed articles go through a rigorous publishing process: they are written by an academic, submitted to the journal, and then circulated to experts in the field for checking before being published.
      • Examples: New England Journal of Medicine, The William and Mary Quarterly.
    • Newspapers are usually written for a broader, public audience. They capture the news of the day.
      • Examples: San Francisco Chronicle, USA Today, the Guardian.

What do they contain?

  • Articles

How often are these sources published?

  • Magazines - usually monthly & quarterly (seasonally)
  • Journals - less frequently; can be monthly, but more likely quarterly
  • Newspapers - usually daily

Found in:

Description

  • Media sources come in a variety of audio and visual formats. Some of these can be helpful for research - like podcasts, documentaries, and web clips.

What are some examples?

  • Audio - such as CDs, MP3s, podcasts, and material on streaming websites
  • Video - such as DVDs, MP4s, YouTube videos, and material on streaming services (like Films on Demand and Netflix)

How often are these sources published?

  • Continuously

Found in:

Description

  • Websites are online spaces that host a multitude of content. The collection of content for a website is within the same domain. (In the example below, sfdph.gov is the domain).
    • Examples:

What do they contain?

How often are these sources published?

  • Continuously

Found on:

  • The "open web." Search engines "crawl" and "index" items found in the open web, such as webpages, blog posts, infographics, PDFs, and other material that people post to the web. The open web contains materials not behind a paywall (such as when an online journal website asks for payment to show you an article). Databases are technically behind a paywall, because they contain material that is accessed after the library pays a subscription fee.

Books of Interest - CNIT

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Blockchain (ebook)

A primer of what professionals need to understand about blockchain technology.

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Cult of the Dead Cow

Society of hackers fighting to protect privacy, freedom, and democracy - invented the concept of hacktivism, released the top tool for testing password security, and created what was for years the best technique for controlling computers from afar, forcing giant companies to work harder to protect customers.

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CompTIA Network+ N10-007 Cert Guide

Helps you master all the topics on the Network+ exam, including: Computer networks and the OSI model; Network components; Ethernet IP addressing; Routing traffic; Wide Area Networks (WANs); Wireless Technologies Network performance; Command-line utilities; Network management; Network policies and best practices; Network security; Troubleshooting.

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Introducing Python

Ideal for beginning programmers as well as those new to the language; takes you from the basics to more involved and varied topics; shows you how to use Python for applications in business, science, and the arts, using various Python tools and open source packages.

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CSS: the Missing Manual

Provides the most modern and effective tips, tricks, and tutorial-based instruction on CSS available today, including information on Flexbox, Sass, HTML5 tags, and designing for mobile devices.

Will AI Replace Humanity

Gives the reader what they need to know in order to form an opinion about the revolutionary advances in technology.

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