Human Computer Interaction

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

Step #1: Get background information from handbooks, encyclopedias, dictionaries.

Reference Material


  • 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 
  • 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.

Sources of Information

  • The Publication Cycle: 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.


Step #2: Once your topic is narrowly defined, select databases to find specific articles that have been published in journals.

Key Databases: 

Select Journals: 

Step #3: 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:

  • BF1-990 Psychology 
  • HM1-1281 Sociology 
  • QA71-90 Computer science 
  • T1-995 Technology (General)
  • TA1-2040 Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General) 
  • TR1-1050 Photography 
  • Z665-718.8 Library & information sciences 

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

Google Books >HCI

Recommended Books: 

Suggested Subject Headings: 

Fulltext eBook Collections: 

Step #4: 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

  • 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.
  • Selected Links to Resources on Writing a Literature Review [internet]
Content last reviewed: October 31, 2018