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Computer Information Systems: Home

Here you will find library and internet resources for research on topics and issues in computer information systems


Information in this guide will be useful for anyone enrolled in courses or programs related to computer science, systems, business technology or related fields. This guide will also be useful for anyone with a research project or personal interest in computers and related topics.

Search Terms

These are some of the terms that students may need for a CIS research project. Other terms may be useful in addition to those listed below.


Use scientific or technical terms. Use specific words. Use only one or two words. Try plural and singular forms. Try varying combinations.

  • Business technology
  • Cloud computing
  • Computer architecture
  • Computer communication
  • Computer games
  • Computer maintenance
  • Computer networking
  • Computer networks
  • Computer programming
  • Computer repair
  • Computer security
  • Computer software
  • Data processing
  • Data protection
  • Database management
  • Digital electronics
  • Documentation
  • Electronic commerce
  • Electronics
  • Hacking
  • Information technology
  • Internet
  • Intranet
  • Local Area Networks
  • Microcomputers
  • Network Security
  • Networks
  • Office management
  • Office practices
  • Office procedures
  • Operating systems
  • Report writing
  • Security
  • Software design
  • Software engineering
  • Software engineering
  • Spreadsheet
  • Technical writing
  • Virus
  • Website development
  • Websites design
  • Word processing

Computer Information Systems Classes

Check the Computer Information Systems department website for information on degrees and certificates offered. See also the Business, Business Technology, or Digital Media department websites for related program information. Check with a counselor to see what classes are currently required for these degrees.


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Susan Gehr
Fall 2020 reference desk hours: Mondays 4-6 pm, Wednesdays 2-6 pm, Thursdays 4-6 pm, alternate Saturdays 10 am-1 pm.
(707) 476-4260

Citation Styles

Always ask your instructor what citation style should be used for research projects. See below for links to helpful resources.