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Tim Siftar

Tim Siftar
Librarian for Information Sci & Tech, School of Education, and Goodwin College
Hours M-F: 9am-5pm
Hagerty Library, Room 134


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Human-Computer Interaction

Definition of HCI

"HCI in the large is an interdisciplinary area. It is emerging as a specialty concern within several disciplines, each with different emphases: computer science (application design and engineering of human interfaces), psychology (the application of theories of cognitive processes and the empirical analysis of user behavior), sociology and anthropology (interactions between technology, work, and organization), and industrial design (interactive products)." From "Definition of HCI" from Chapter 2 of ACM SIGCHI Curricula for Human-Computer Interaction, available online at http://old.sigchi.org/cdg/cdg2.html#2_1.

  1. Finding Books
  2. Finding Articles
  3. Handbooks & Encyclopedias
  4. Selected Web Resources

Finding Books

  • Searching the catalog for books:

    Electronic Books: The Library subscribes to several collections of electronic books (e-books) that you can open in full text, right in your browser. E- books are listed individually our catalog; however, you can also browse or search across the full-text of their entire holdings through the following links. Some of the best collections for HCI are:
    • Books 24x7 - covering over 90 technology topics.
    • ebrary: Our largest multidisciplinary collection, will prompt new users to do a one-time download of the free "ebrary Reader" (an Acrobat plug-in).
    • EngNetBase: Over 1200 CRC Handbooks (practictioner-oriented compilations) for engineers. Useful keywords may include human factors engineering, cybernetics, human performance engineering and human machine systems.
    • Safari Tech Books: Detailed technical manuals from major technology publishers including O'Reilly, Microsoft Press, Addison Wesley, Cisco, and Peachpit Press.
  • Try a keyword search:
  • usability  interface architecture
  • Try browsing the stacks by Library of Congress (LC) Call Number or Subjects:
  • TIP:
  • Books with the LOCATION of "HAGERTY BOOKS" are on the 2nd floor and available for checkout

Finding Articles

General, Multi-Disciplinary Databases:

  • ScienceDirect -- ELECTRONIC A giant database from the publishing giant Elsevier with many relevant journals.
  • Web of Science — ELECTRONIC Covers the high-impact education journals as well as most other academic topics. Abstract-only, but you can easily find full-text through SFX links. What makes this database a MUST - HAVE FOR PhD-LEVEL RESEARCH is its citation tracking, ranking and sorting features you can quickly identify the most often-quoted papers in your topic of interest. Try the various “analyze” features to identify top authors, journals or university affiliations. It is especially useful for anyone tracking the influence of an idea across multiple papers and authors over time.

Computer Science, Engineering, and Systems Databases:

  • Engineering Village 2 -- ELECTRONIC Searches Ei Compendex and Ei Inspec and covers engineering websites, CRC Handbooks, patents, and industry standards.
  • best resourceACM Digital Library & The Guide to Computing Literature -- ELECTRONIC The ACM Digital Library includes full-text of articles published in ACM periodicals and proceedings. The Guide to Computing Literature exhaustively indexes the computing literature outside ACM (Association for Computing Machinery).
  • IEEE Xplore -- ELECTRONIC Provides full-text access to all IEEE transactions, journals, magazines and conference proceedings published since 1988 and all current IEEE standards.

Psychology and Education Databases:

  • PsycINFO -- ELECTRONIC This key psychology database contains citations and summaries of journal articles, book chapters dealing with psychology and psychological aspects of related disciplines.
  • ERIC on EBSCO 1967-present (see SFX links for full text) — ELECTRONIC Journal articles, agency reports, and much more. The authoritative repository for the teaching discipline published by the U.S. Department of Education. SEARCH TIPS: On the EBSCO platform, try “limiting your results” using the new “Education Level” or “Peer-Reviewed” option. Or, use the thesaurus to identify your terms. Then with the Advanced Search, use the drop down menus to specify your terms as “SU Descriptors,” placing quotes around any search phrases.
  • ERIC.ed.gov - on free web (see “Find in a Library” links for full text) — WEB
    SEARCH TIPS: On the free web platform, use the thesaurus to identify your search terms. Then in Advanced Search, specify your terms as “descriptors” and place quotes around them.
    For help, consult the guide to ERIC resources. I recommend trying your search in both this EBSCO and the free web version of ERIC - results may differ!

Selected Journals -- ELECTRONIC

Here are a few journals related to Human-Computer Interaction. Check the catalog for their availability through Drexel Libraries

Handbooks & Encyclopedias

Selected Web Resources





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