Human Computer Interaction

This subject guide will assist you in finding books, journal articles, and websites, as well as assist you in developing your research skills.

Welcome to the library resource guide for the Carleton Multidisciplinary Master’s degree in Human-Computer Interaction (HCI). 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: 

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

Recommended Books: 

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

CUL Books

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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.

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

Literature Reviews

Internet resource: 


  • 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.


Content last reviewed: October 31, 2018