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Call Number Browsing
Most books that relate to computer science are shelved in the Terrell Main Library, with call numbers beginning:
You can browse them online by inputting QA76 as a Library of Congress number search in OBIS.
Reading Call Numbers
There are two major call number systems used in the libraries: the Dewey Decimal and Library of Congress classification schemes. The first line of a call number, as it appears on a physical item, is a broad subject classification. The subsequent lines are combinations of letters and numbers that organize items into narrower, related categories.
The example in the Library of Congress column is for the book Computer Science: a Very Short Introduction. Check it out!
|Library of Congress
76 Whole number
|510.78 Whole number, followed by decimals
|D314 Alphabetically, then decimals
(may be followed by another letter)
|.C698C Alphabetically, then decimals
|2016 Publication Date, shelves chronologically
||e.g., 510.78 C698C shelves before 510.78 C7A
See How to Read Call Numbers from the University of Berkeley Library for more details about LC call numbers.
Recently Received in the OC Libraries
Artificial Intelligence and the Environmental Crisis by
Publication Date: 2020-01-29
A radical and challenging book which argues that artificial intelligence needs a completely different set of foundations, based on ecological intelligence rather than human intelligence, if it is to deliver on the promise of a better world.
Cunning Machines by
Publication Date: 2020-02-28
....explains the main concepts: what does AI really mean, where do we find it, how do scientists try to evaluate it, what are its main limitations and what future we can expect with it? It also describes the most popular AI techniques in an easy-to-digest form: Artificial neural networks Genetic algorithms The Monte Carlo method Natural language processing Ontologies and their applications
Hacking Diversity by
Publication Date: 2019-12-10
A firsthand look at efforts to improve diversity in software and hackerspace communities Hacking, as a mode of technical and cultural production, is commonly celebrated for its extraordinary freedoms of creation and circulation. Yet surprisingly few women participate in it: rates of involvement by technologically skilled women are drastically lower in hacking communities than in industry and academia. Hacking Diversity investigates the activists engaged in free and open-source software to understand why, despite their efforts, they fail to achieve the diversity that their ideals support.
The Humachine by
Publication Date: 2019-09-25
Combining the global business and forecasting acumen of Professor Nada R. Sanders, PhD, with the legal and philosophical insight of John D. Wood, Esq., the authors combine their strengths to bring us this profound yet accessible book. This is a "must read" for anyone interested in AI and the future of human enterprise.
Tens of thousands of computer science-related ebooks are accessible through OBIS. Click on the ebooks tab in OBIS to get started, or limit any search to location=Internet.
As of March 2021, a search on the subject heading "computer science" results in well over 10,300 titles when limited to the location "Internet."
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