( Latest revision: 01/20/2013 )

Information Sources

Here Is Some Advice:

It may be easier to search for articles at the site belonging to a publication. However, sometimes you can't read the full text of the article at the publication site, but you can access full text via the CSU Stanislaus library. To give an example, you might browse at the website for Scientific American and find an abstract of an article that looks like it might be a good source article to use for your talk. You may find it is not possible to read the article on Scientific American's website. However, the CSU Stanislaus library may give you access to full text of the article, perhaps online, hardcopy, or both.

Generally it's good to start looking for topics in general science publications, since the computer topics in these publications are often ones that are especially appealing. If you choose a topic based on an article in a general science publication, usually the article will contain references to articles in computer publications that you can consult to get more of the kinds of details that you will need to suit your exposition to your intended audience.

Below are links that may help you locate source material for your papers and presentations. Keep the following things in mind:
  1. It is your responsibility to insure that the material you use and the presentation you make are of high quality,
  2. If you only browse the World Wide Web, there is a good chance that you will not get enough quality information on your topic, and
  3. The CSU Stanislaus library is a great resource. The reference librarians there can give you a lot of help finding things.