Welcome to the library resource guide for the Collaborative Master's Program in Data Science, also known as Big Data, at Carleton University. Scroll down to the Reference Materials section to find Encyclopedias, Dictionaries, and Handbooks.

Reference Materials:

Get background information from handbooks, encyclopedias, dictionaries.




Once your topic is narrowly defined, select databases to find specific articles that have been published in journals.

Key Databases: 

Additional Databases: 

Select Journals: 

IBM White Papers

Recommended Books: 

Find books on your topic to gain greater depth and understanding.

Google Books >Data Science

Suggested Subject Headings: 

Fulltext eBook Collections: 


  • Begin by defining exactly what you are searching for
  • Select the keywords/synonyms in your topic
  • Be specific when determining keywords/synonyms and terms to search
  • Use the advanced interface of electronic databases and Internet search engines to help narrow your search
  • Limit results in electronic databases to full-text or peer reviewed journals only
  • Use Boolean Operators to connect search terms (Click for a brief explanation of Boolean Operators)
  • Take notes during your research to keep track of where you have been, keywords searched, what worked and what didn't, etc.
  • Google search secrets [electronic resource] / Christa Burns and Michael P. Sauers.

Primary Sources: 

  • The Publication Cycle in Science and Engineering: to find primary and secondary sources of information, use tertiary sources of information: dictionaries, encyclopedias, handbooks. When a researcher publishes material, they follow the cycle clockwise. To find primary and secondary sources, follow the cycle anti clockwise.

More Writing & Citing Resources: 

Write down or store all the references you have consulted to include them in your bibliography of your research paper (e.g., Mendeley)

Writing Help

Writing Services

Advice on Research and Writing From CMU, primarily for computer scientists

IEEE Citation Style Guide

Technical Report Writing: NASA

Writing Guidelines for Engineering and Science Students: Penn State

Literature Reviews

Internet resource: 

Online book: 


  • Annual Reviews Online / Authoritative, analytic reviews in 34 focused disciplines within the Biomedical, Life, Physical, and Social Sciences. They synthesize the vast amount of primary research literature and identify the principal contributions in each field.

Canada - Federal: 


Content last reviewed: June 26, 2018