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IT 104: Introduction to Computing

This guide provides scholarly and other resources for IT research and activities.

Recommended Databases

Start the research for your paper using these databases. They cover many different subjects and topics and you will be sure to find articles that will help! 

Have you tried all these databases and still need help? Visit the Mason Libraries' database list by subject  or contact the IT Librarian.

Searching for Articles

Once you have a topic, start searching for articles.   To do this:

  • Brainstorm synonyms and related terms and develop a list of terms you can use to search.
  • Select a database from this research guide or the Mason Libraries Database Portal.
  • Search by keyword anywhere in the document or in specific areas of the document like author, title, subject, index terms, etc.
  • Use Boolean operators -- AND, OR, NOT --  to create complex searches to target the information you are seeking.  
    • AND narrows a search by requiring all terms to be in the results.
    • OR usually connects synonyms and will broaden a search and increase the number of results.
    • NOT is used to exclude a term or phrase from the search results.

A librarian can help you learn how to do more complex (and more accurate) searching. 

Remember--Databases don't think, they just match text!