Project Research Exercise and Hints
For your final project you will need to do some reading and
library research on your topic. I suggest you start by finding some
general articles describing your topic and associated issues.
For your final paper/project you
will be required to study and incorporate at least
one research article from the computer science literature.
In some cases government documents laying out standards or
policies will be useful.
- The library! On-line databases especially.
- ACM Digital Library. You have access if you have
a student membership. If not, some things in this
library can be accessed through the RC library but
you can also see me since I have access.
- Google Scholar
- Government web sites such as
National Institute of Standards
and Technology (www.nist.gov) (look at the Computer Security Resource
Center - a link on the right side of the window)
Government Accounting Office
(enter a security related search topic).
- Sources referenced in your text book or other
articles you find.
- Some other links on the course web site.
Using the Library On-line Databases - An Exercise
- Go to the library web page
- Click on Complete list of resources, then click on
Academic Search Complete
- Now click on Choose Databases. You will see a list of
discipline specific databases you can add. Select the following:
- Computers and Applied Sciences Complete
- Library, Information Science and Technology Abstracts
- Military and Government Collection
- Back on the search page type in a search term. For this
exercise type "Buffer Overflow".
- You should have gotten 403 results. Scroll down
to the 5th one about buffer overflow in the Voice over Internet
- Click on the title to get the detailed record. This gives you
lots of information about the article (and for this one you can
get the full text of the article) that can be useful.
- The abstract lets you know whether or not this article
may be helpful.
- The full text is often available (it is for this one).
If it isn't available you can request a copy through Interlibrary
- The list of subject terms can be useful in finding additional
terms to narrow your search or to do other searches.
- The tools on the right side of the window are very helpful.
For example, you can click on email to have all
of the info including a link sent to you in an email (it will
be from ephost).
- The other tool that is very helpful is the cite option.
Click on that for the buffer overflow article and you will see
a list of standard citation styles plus the correct citation
for that article. There is no standard for computer science
(I think each journal has its own format). I recommend the
Chicago/Turabian Author-Date style or the Harvard style.