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Division of Arts: Multimedia Design Program: General Resources Lists
Research and Resources for Interactive Multimedia Design Program
FHTC MISSION: The mission of Flint Hills Technical College is to provide a diverse community of learners with lifelong educational opportunities for personal growth and preparation for professional and civic responsibilities that meet the needs of society.
Division of Arts Mission Statement:
The Division of Arts is dedicated to providing curriculum based on emerging and traditional technologies, delivered in a supportive learning environment. The educational experiences are intended to maximize the potential of each individual which will enhance the opportunity to develop skills for meaningful employment and life-long learning.
Computer science students need to acquire skills in multiple areas — arguably more so than many other study disciplines. So not surprisingly, they need a large toolbox, for any of several activities encountered in the typical college program. To that end, here is a reference list of 50 essential tools (software and resources) for computer science students.
The introduction of Wolfram|Alpha defined a fundamentally new paradigm for getting knowledge and answers—not by searching the web, but by doing dynamic computations based on a vast collection of built-in data, algorithms and methods.
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"Scholarly" and "peer reviewed" are often used synonymously, but they are not necessarily the same thing. Peer reviewed articles are always scholarly, but not all scholarly sources are peer reviewed. It may seem confusing, but it makes more sense if you think of "scholarly" as an umbrella term for several different kinds of authoritative, credible sources. These include:
Peer reviewed journals. These journals primarily exist to publish the research findings of experts in a field. The articles that you see in these journals have been closely scrutinized by a panel of reviewers (also experts in the same field) before they are published.
Trade or professional journals or magazines. The articles in these periodicals are also written by and for experts, but there is no peer review. The articles aren't limited to research...they may be news, best practice tips or opinion pieces.
Government Publications Many government agencies publish books, reports, data or statistics. Government researchers, like those who publish in peer reviewed or trade journals, are often experts in their field.
Books. Many researchers publish books or book chapters.
How can you tell if an article is scholarly? You will have to do some detective-work, but there are some telltale signs:
Author(s): Ideally, you should rely on information that has been published by an expert, someone who has studied the topic long and hard. Most scholarly publications will list an author's credentials (their degrees -- M.S., Ph.D., Ed.D., etc. - and the institution that they work for) along with his or her name.
Content: Look for articles that cover a topic in detail (more than just a few pages long, typically). It will probably include some kind of literature review, and discuss the work of other authors, in addition to any original research findings. Make sure it cites its sources(a scholarly article will always have a "references," "bibliography" or "works cited" list).
Audience: Scholarly articles are written for professionals in the field. You will probably notice a lot of technical language and/or discipline-specific jargon. The tone will be formal.
Publisher. Visit the journal's website to see what organization publishes it. Professional associations, universities and government agencies are particularly good signs. As you become more experienced, you'll also start to recognize major publishing companies in your field of study (Wiley, Elsevier, Sage, etc.).
Purpose and scope. When you're on the journal's website, look for an "about" link to learn who the intended audience is and what kind of articles are accepted.
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