Books journals and reading lists

    • Print Books: The library where you can find the vast majority of print books about Computing subjects is Wheatley Library. To find books that are at Wheatley Library use LibrarySearch.
    • For information about loaning books from the library (e.g. how many books you can borrow, how long you can borrow them for, fines for late returns, etc.) please see Library Users.
    • Ebooks: There is also a large range of electronic books (or "ebooks") which you can read online. To find ebooks simply search LibrarySearch and click the eBook filter (on the left of the results screen, under the heading "Format". If you can't see this filter then there are no ebooks that match your search.
    • Journals are regular publications (often an issue per month) of a collection of journal articles, all by different authors and each just a few pages long. They are like a magazine for the latest academic research. Journal articles are a very high quality academic information resource as long as they have been "peer-reviewed".
    • "Peer-review" is a process where an author sends their article to a journal editor who then asks two (or more) experts in the field to anonymously say whether they think the article should be published. If they both agree it makes a useful contribution to the literature on that subject then it is published in the journal, but they might also say that it needs changes or additions or that it isn't worth publishing at all. A journal that does this is "peer-reviewed" and the articles that appear in the journal should be of very high academic quality because they have gone through this quality-control procedure.
    • If you have the reference information for a specific journal article and you want to know whether you can get it from Oxford Brookes' library either in print or online then use the How to find the fulltext of a journal article webpage.
    • If you want to find some journal articles on a particular topic then you need to search a Database. See your Databases webpage for a list of the databases most relevant to Computing and Communication Studies, though you might want to have a quick look at the Key concepts of literature searching webpage before you start.
    • Almost every module has a Reading List, which is a list of the information resources (books and e-books, journals and e-journals, standards, websites, technical papers, videos, etc.) that the module leader is recommending that you consult when taking the module.
    • Reading Lists are stored electronically at http://resourcelists.brookes.ac.uk where you can search for lists, modules, and courses.
    • You should also find a link from every module's Moodle page to it's reading list - look in the right hand column of any module's Moodle page for a box called "Reading Lists" to find the link.