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Technology Research Guide


This research guide was created to support CIS and LAN coursework at Moraine Valley and will cover the following general topics:

  • Database Design and Management
  • MS Productivity Software
  • Networks & Security
  • Programming, Software Engineering, & Systems Design
  • Web Development & Information Architecture

Database Design and Management

Database management "refers to the actions a business takes to manipulate and control data to meet necessary conditions throughout the entire data life cycle."  Here are some resources to help you learn more about database design, management, and querying via SQL.

eBooks about database management

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Books about database management

Resources for SQL

MS Productivity Software

MS Office and Others

MS Office is a suite of applications designed for business use, mainly consisting of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, Outlook and Publisher.  The Microsoft Office Help and Training Website can be very helpful if you are looking for more details and/or to answer any specific questions you may have about using any of these products.  You can also find solid how-to tutorials on YouTube.

The Library also has some resources for using these applications.  Use the search box below to locate items in our catalog:

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Networks and Security

Network security can be defined as " . . . an organization’s strategy and provisions for ensuring the security of its assets and all network traffic. "  Check out these resources for this topic and the related certification exams:

Resources about network security and hacking

Study guides for CompTIA A+ exam

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Programming, Software Engineering, & Systems Design 

This area of information systems encompasses a set of related, albeit varied concepts, as well as a number of specific programming languages.  

From from requirements engineering to UML and object-oriented analysis to quality assurance and project management, you can use the search box below to conduct to locate library resources related to your topic:


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Code Academy, online resource, providing tutorials and hands-on learning--https://www.codecademy.com/

Kahn Academy, offers a set of computer programming courses--https://www.khanacademy.org/

Other sites that offer free online courses or tutorials include: Coursera, MIT Open Courseware, Code.org, and freeCodeCamp.

Also, check out GitHub, a software development tool that acts as a powerful version control system and allows users to share and publish code.

Software Engineering & Systems Design

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PMBOK Guide, 6th edition

Web Development, Design, and Architecture

www.w3schools.com is the quintessential go-to online source for web development and design.  In addition to the information provided on this site, you can practice/test out your coding skills within its space.  Duckett is also an authoritative source for Web Design in HTML/CSS.  For more of a focus on Web application architecture, see Shklar.  Additionally, the library has resources about PHP, JavaScript, JQuery, ASP.NET (Visual Studio), XML, JSON, and more!

Use the search box below to locate related items in our catalog:

Here is a general list of items found in the library catalog

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Resources about user interface design ; for more design resources, see the Design section above

Some sources on the open Web:

Smashing Magazine, an online magazine for Web developers and designers--https://www.smashingmagazine.com/

Nielsen/Norman Group, experts on website usability--https://www.nngroup.com/articles/

--last update 01.21.21; mmm