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Computer Science Subject Guide: Background Information

Paper Books & Journals in the Library

Library books & paper journals are organized by subject and assigned a call number, found on the spine of the book. It usually looks like AA .B01 C02 2015.  The first two letters are the subject and the last number will always be the year published. 

Computer Science books and journals are found under QA 75 on the basement floor (beige carpet). Some other call numbers of interest start with: Q 300-390 (cybernetics), QA 267-268.5 (machine theory), T 385 (computer graphics), TA 1630-1650 (data processing), TK 5100-5110 (telecommunications), & TK 7885-7895 (computer engineering & hardware).

Standards & Patents

Standards are like templates that dictate how to do or create something in a standard way that would be recognizable across cultures and environments.  A common example is that of ISO 8601 for dates and times (wikipedia).  Many standards are not freely available online and Mount Allison does not keep a paper or digital collection.  If you know of a standard you wish to have a copy of, you can submit an inter-library loan request and we will endeavor to find you a copy within our partner libraries.