COSC111: Information and Technology for Business

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Academic Search Premier (EBSCO) more information

This is a great database to use to begin finding articles related to your topic.  It covers a wide range of subjects, including articles about technology.

Be sure to click BOTH the 'Scholarly (Peer-reviewed) Journals' checkbox and the 'References Available' checkbox to find scholarly articles.  Remember to use the Find It button to check for the full-text of an article.

Business Source Complete (EBSCO) more information

Contains articles covering the field of business. There will be a lot of articles in here covering the implentation, use, and management of technology and information systems in business.  Many articles are full-text. Use the Find It button for those that are not.

ACM Digital Library more information

Be sure to use the Advanced Search.  There is also a Guide to the Computing Literature, which will allow you to browse for articles by subject, rather than having to search.

IEEE Digital Library more information

This database contains the full-text to 27 IEEE magazines and transactions, as well as a growing collection of conference proceedings.  The advanced search option is recommended for searching this database.


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WorldCat TU more information

You can use WorldCat TU to find a lot of different types of resources, but it is best for finding books.  It will find items that we have here at Towson, as well as books available at other University System of Maryland (USMAI) libraries, and books from all over the world.  The books available at Towson will show up first in your search results.

After searching, be sure to use the filters on the left side to refine your search by topic, date, or format (i.e. books, articles, etc.).

Get the call number and location information for the item in order to find it in the Library.  For books owned by USMAI libraries, use the 'Request Item' button to get it.

Towson University Catalog more information

Use this resource to search the TU collection of books and reference sources. 

Search tips:

  • Use AND to link together the main concepts in your search (e.g. college AND academic achievement)
  • Use OR to search for synonyms or related terms (e.g. university or college)
  • When searching for books, think broadly about the topic.
ebrary Academic Complete more information

This database contains a large number of ebooks on various topics in computer science, information systems, and technology.

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LexisNexis Academic more information

LexisNexis contains full-text articles from newspapers all over the world.  Newspapers are a great way to find current events and stories related to a particular topic.  If you're researching a topic related to higher education, you can limit your search to university newspapers, which can often give an interesting perspective on major issues in higher education.

To search, think of how a newspaper would describe a topic and try to match that language in your search terms.  For instance, 'drinking AND college' might be a better search in LexisNexis than 'alcohol AND higher education'.

arrow pointing rightSearching the Web
Cook Library's Guide to the Web more information

Web resources that are appropriate for a research paper are different than what you might use in everyday life. This page offers guidance for searching the web, including criteria for evaluating information found on the web. If you are using web resources, follow these criteria to determine if the resources you've found are appropriate for a research paper.

Cook Library Approved Website Search Engine more information

Search high quality resources on the web using the Library's Custom Search Engine.

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FAITS - Faulkner Advisory for IT Studies more information

This database contains a wide array of reports, including product profiles, marketplace reports, and standards documentation. There are also a number of "tutorials" that give overviews of different technologies like AJAX and HTML5. Most of these reports offer links to web resources for further reading.

Two monthly publications, The Guide to Internet Research and The Information Advisor, are also worth looking at.

Selected Reference Books for COSC111 more information

The reference books on this list are often useful for finding background information on various research topics for COSC111.

Encyclopedia of Information Systems more information

This 4-volume encyclopedia contains over 200 comprehensive entries on topics related to information systems. Each entry begins with a glossary and ends with a list of  references for further reading. The entries are supplemented by charts and graphs illustrating important concepts in information systems.

Major subject areas covered by the encyclopedia include the application of information systems to other disciplines/professions, artificial intelligence, hardware and software, management support systems, and systems analysis and design.

Encyclopedia of Science, Technology, and Ethics more information

This encyclopedia considers both the professional ethics of science and technology, and the social, ethical, and political issues raised by science and technology.

Encyclopedia of Computer Science and Technology more information

This is a great resource for getting background information on a topic.

Location: Reference

Call Number: QA76.15.H43 2009

arrow pointing rightCitations and Plagiarism
Purdue's Online Writing Lab more information

Purdue's Online Writing Lab (OWL) has a lot of great online guides for every stage of the writing process.  There is useful information for different types of papers, including research papers, business letters, and resumes.  This is also a useful resource for examples of how to put together citations and bibliographies.

OWL: Avoiding Plagiarism more information

Use this site to learn more about plagiarism, including tips on how to detect and avoid it.

COSC111: Information and Technology for Business / Albert S. Cook Library
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Last revised: February 24, 2014