Lloyd Sealy Library
John Jay College of Criminal Justice
Lloyd Sealy Library

Lloyd Sealy Library

John Jay College of Criminal Justice

Ebooks for CS: Library resources on computer science topics

Four book covers: Learning iOS Forensics, Data Science for Dummies, ...

Robin Davis

Students learning how to program in JavaScript on the weekends and digital forensics faculty running research projects alike will benefit from the Lloyd Sealy Library’s many resources that support computer science learning and research. These include ebook collections that may be useful supplemental material touching on technical skills and theories. You can find ebooks from these collections sprinkled throughout OneSearch results when you search for a technical topic, but you can also browse these collections on their own. Here’s how.

Packt ebooks

Packt Publishing ebooks cover a multitude of technical topics, from forensics to penetration testing. Note: reading these ebooks online is easy; downloading a chapter is usually easy; downloading the whole book is very difficult.

To search just the Packt ebook collection:

Search for packt in OneSearch, and you’ll see the 2,000+ books in random order.

  1. Use this OneSearch link, which should work to show you the 2,000+ books in random order

    • Recommended: “Lock” the filters on the right side of the page (Books, Full Text Online, Ebook Central) by hovering over them and clicking the lock icon.

  2. Add a second (or third) keyword into the search box, like “security” or “penetration testing"

  3. In the search results, click "Full text online" to view the ebook.

Selected Packt ebooks:

Ebooks … for Dummies

We don’t think you’re a dummy! But sometimes, a simple introduction to a topic can be very useful — so you might consider looking at the technical ...For Dummies ebooks that you can access through the Library. As noted above: reading these ebooks online is easy; downloading a chapter is usually easy; downloading the whole book is very difficult.

To search just the ...for Dummies ebook collection:

  1. Use this "for dummies" OneSearch link, which should work to show you the 300+ books in random order

  2. “Lock” the filters on the right side of the page (Books, Full Text Online, published 2012 or later) by hovering over them and clicking the lock icon.

  3. Add a second (or third) keyword into the search box, like “SPSS” or “Java"

  4. In the search results, click "Full text online" to view the ebook.

Selected ...for Dummies ebooks:

Springer Link ebooks

Springer Link includes over 5,000 ebooks and conference proceedings related to CS. They are free to download in their entirety as PDFs if you access them through the Library.

Selected Springer Link ebooks:

More resources

The Institute of Physics offers ebooks and ejournals that may be useful for CS students.

Online encyclopedias, including those in the database Gale Virtual Reference Library, can be useful to help students decode jargon. There are many high-quality free ebooks online as well, including How to Think Like a Computer Scientist: Interactive Edition.

Of course, you can request many print books (but not ebooks) from other CUNY libraries through OneSearch! By logging into OneSearch and selecting the "All CUNY" tab, you can find and request books to be delivered to John Jay and held under your name at the Circulation Desk.

For even more resource recommendations and links to all the collections mentioned here, please see our CS Research Guide.


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May 1, 2019