Technology Research Guide
This research guide was created to support CGI, CSC, IMS, LAN, MIS, and OSA coursework at Moraine Valley and will cover the following general topics:
- Design and Digital Media Production
- Database Design and Management
- MS Productivity Software
- Networks & Security
- Programming, Software Engineering, & Systems Design
- Web Development & Information Architecture
Design & Digital Media Production
This section focuses on the concept of design, media production (video and audio recording and editing), and some of the various software used in MVCC's technology courses and for other classes creating multimedia projects. You will be able to find links to a number of sources, including software guides, manuals, and how-to videos. The list of topics covered here is arranged in alphabetical order below.
Also, see our Open License Media for Class Projects Guide if you need open source images and sound for your multimedia projects.
Audacity is an open-source sound editing program. It is often used in-house to create student podcast projects. While it is available on the computers in the library's Media Lab, you can also download Audacity for free on your PC, Mac, or Linux laptop or desktop computer.
This software includes tools for animation and computer modeling and design. Some of their products include: AutoCAD, 3DS max, Maya, Inventor, and more.
Adobe Creative Cloud
This set of software includes a variety of industry-standard production tools for graphic design, photography, and video. You can find Creative Cloud available on computers (Mac #1, Mac #2, and PC #1) in the Library's Media Lab.
In addition to the books, manuals, and guides listed below by software name, you can a find a number of how-to video tutorials on YouTube. You can search the site widely or more narrowly, that is, within individual channels (such as the ones listed below), for the the software for which you are seeking out information and/or the task you are trying to accomplish within that software.
Some helpful and authoritative YouTube channels out there include:
Camtasia is a screen recording and video editing tool. You can find Camtasia available on all of the computers (both PC and Mac) in the library's Media Lab.
In this section, you will find resources about the concept of design and its different facets. Learn about the elements of design and core principals of computer graphics design, human computer interaction, and game design.
Digital Photography & Video Editing
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.
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:
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:
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:
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/
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
Web Development, Design, and Architecture
Use the search box below to locate related items in our catalog:
Here is a general list of items found in the library catalog
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 05.20.2019, mmm