IST 111S (Folkers)

Library instruction will be held for students in Deirdre Folkers’ IST 111S class on Monday, September 17 from 1:00 – 2:15 p.m. in PAC 102.

One of the requirements for your assignment is to include a basic explanation/definition of your topic. This type of information is often found in reference sources, such as specialized encyclopedias. Try searching Gale Virtual Reference Library for background information on topics such as RFID, data mining, cell phone technology, and network security.

You’ll find more detailed information about your topic in books. Books, including e-books, are cataloged in The CAT, Penn State’s online library catalog. Keyword searching usually produces a lot of results, but you will find more relevant information using the appropriate subject heading for your topic.

Suggested subject headings:
Computer programmers
Information technology management
Radio frequency identification systems
Data mining
Cloud computing
Social media
Cell phone
Computer security
Computer networks security measures

You’ll notice some of the books are electronic resources and are able to be read online. For example, the Handbook of Statistical Analysis and Data Mining Applications is an electronic resource. If you are off-campus, you may be asked to authenticate yourself using your Penn State user ID and password.

Be sure to check the following sources:
The Occupational Outlook Handbook contains current employment information in the IST field. Enter your field in the Search OOH box on the left.

Safari Computer Books Online contains some of the best technology books available.

Penn State subject librarians have set up Research Guides to help students navigate the library resources in particular subject areas. The Information Sciences and Technology Research Guide points out some important databases in your field. Also, check the Computer Science and Engineering Research Guide.

Library-subscription databases provide access to high-quality, credible sources for journal articles.

  • Academic Search Complete is a user-friendly database containing articles from most disciplines. It uses the same subject terms as The CAT.
  • ACM Digital Library contains the full text of every article published by the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM).
  • Compendex Save time searching by choosing the Compendex link as both the Compendex and Inspec databases are selected (see the image below).

Hint: I found it helpful to limit to “English” rather than the default “All languages.”

  • IEEE Xplore contains the full text of all Institute of Electrical & Electronics Engineers (IEEE) journal articles, conference papers, and standards published since 1988.
  • SpringerLink contains book chapters as well as journal articles. There is a chapter titled “Hey-Get Off My Cloud” in the book Global Security, Safety, and Sustainability that contains a nice history of cloud computing.
  • ScienceDirect contains full text electronic books and articles from journals such as Computer Fraud & Security, International Journal of Information Management, and Computers & Security.

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)
The DOI is a unique identifier, guaranteed never to change, assigned to articles as a way to help readers locate the content online through registration agencies, such as

You can also enter a DOI in the following site to find a document:
APA citation style now recommends including the DOI for both print and online sources. Most scholarly journal articles will have a DOI and when it is used in your citation, no further retrieval information is necessary. Clicking on a hyperlinked DOI can often lead you to the full text on an article.

Please refer to Penn State York’s APA 6th Edition Quick Reference (July 2009) handout for examples.

LionSearch is a new interface to the combined resources provided by the Penn State University Libraries.