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COMP 100: Computers: Their Impact and Use

Course guide for COMP 100

Systems Librarian, Library Liasion to Computer Science

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Christina Hennessey
Library Room 465
18111 Nordhoff St.
Northridge, CA 91330-8328
Subjects: Computer Science

Overview of search tips and tricks

  1. Use keywords when your term may be very new, very distinctive, or jargony, e.g. "gig economy", "Bitcoin".
  2. Use a variety of keywords. There may be additional items on your topic that use different terms.
  3. Be aware that you may retrieve items not related to your topic (called false drops). e.g. "drones"
  4. When you cannot remember the exact title of an item, do a keyword search using the title words you remember.

Narrow or Broaden Your Search

Use AND between terms to narrow your search

example: television and violence and children

Use OR and/or truncate (*, ?) words to broaden your search

example: children or youth or adolescents
example: child* (will find child, children, etc.)

Note: check online help for  the correct truncation symbol

How to find books & e-books

Watch this video to learn how to use OneSearch to locate print and electronic books through the library. 

The Library has added locker pickup service to its books by mail service for CSUN students, faculty, and staff to borrow books and media, including loans from other libraries using Interlibrary Loan and CSU+. See the Locker Pickup Service for more information. Once again, stored circulating items located in the ASRS are now available for checkout, Interlibrary Loan is borrowing physical books/media.

Search Strategy


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