Computer Basics


This guide is designed to provide you with resources to help you with your computer skills. It includes an index of scholarly sources that should be used. Included in the list are websites and search engines that will be helpful in your research. If you have any trouble finding these sources, please ask a librarian for help. Good Luck! Any comments or suggestions are welcome!
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The on-line catalog provides access to the Library's collection of approximately 40,000 books, periodicals and audio-visual titles. These resources may be used to find information for assignments or general interest.
Tutorial for searching catalog and ordering books from Metro Boston Library Network (includes Boston Public Library)

Good Search Terms to use: words or phrase

  • Computer Basics
  • Microsoft Word Basics
  • Excel Basics
  • PowerPoint Basics
  • Internet Basics
  • Email Basics
  • Social Media Basics

New Books

Absolute Beginner's Guide to Computer Basics Computer Books QA76.5.M531412 2010 by Michael Miller. Indianapolis, IN: Que Pub.: 2010.

Office 2010 Simplified Computer Books HF5548.4.M525 S493 2010 by Kate Shoup. Indianapolis, IN: Wiley Publishing: 2010.

Internet Basics Computer Books TK5010.875.I57 B372 2002 by Karl Barksdale. Boston, MA: Course Technology: 2010.

The Social Media Survival Guide: Strategies, Tactics, and Tools for Succeeding in the Social Web Computer Books TK5105.88817 H39 2011 by Deltina Hay. Fresno, CA: Quill Driver Books: 2011.

PCs Simplified Computer Books TK7888.3 M347 2011 by Elaine Marmel. Indianapolis, IN: Wiley Books: 2011.

Microsoft PowerPoint 2010: Step by Step Computer Books T385.C66795 2010 by Joyce Cox. Redmond, WA: Microsoft Press: 2010.

Electronic Books

The library has recently added 20,000 online books from the vendor Ebrary. This is the “community college” collection, of interest to students and faculty at 2-year colleges. All books are simultaneously available to all RCC users.


Browse these paper journals and magazines in the library's first floor periodicals section for articles about computers:

  • Smart Computing
  • MAC World


Access to millions of journal, magazine, newspaper and reference source articles through our research databases.

(Academic Search Premier)

Provides full text for more than 3,800 scholarly publications covering academic areas of study including over (21,000 article mentioning "human rights", 3,200 articles mentioning genocide, 2,700 mentioning torture and 900 using "human rights" and war.])

[insert applicable databases]

Streaming Videos

Full length and segment videos from Films On Demand.

Films On Demand

[insert applicable individual or topic video]

Web sites

There are many good [insert topic] web sites on the internet. These web sites have been evaluated by library staff. Remember to always evaluate internet resources. To find out more about evaluating web sites, Lesley University has a very good guide.

[Search Engines]

  • [insert search engines]

[Web sites]

  • [insert websites]

[Open Access journals]

  • [insert open access journals]

Citing Sources: Style Guides

APA Style Tutorial
Duke Library Guide to Assembling a List of Works Cited
Laguardia Community College Library MLA and APA citation styleThe Owl at Purdue: APA Formatting and Style GuideThe Owl at Purdue: MLA 2009 Formatting and Style Guide

Basic Research Help

Please click the Ask a Librarian icon if you have any questions concerning these guides, need help finding material for your research or any general questions you might have.

General Library Information

Research guide prepared on [insert date] by (William Hoag):