Welcome to the library resource guide for Human Computer Interaction (HCI) 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.

Dictionaries and Encyclopedias


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

Key Databases: 

Additional Databases: 

Select Journals: 

Recommended Books: 

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

Books and Serials on HCI are shelved at these locations in the Library of Congress system:

We welcome your suggestions for books or other library materials you need for your study or research at Carleton.

Free eBooks

  • Google Books: Search and preview millions of books from libraries and publishers worldwide using Google Book Search.
  • Project Gutenberg: offers over 42,000 free ebooks: choose among free epub books, free kindle books, download them or read them online.

CUL Books

Suggested Subject Headings: 

Fulltext eBook Collections: 

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


  • 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.