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School of Information Technology resources

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This summer we are showing off our resources for the School of Information Technology at Ivy Tech Fort Wayne. These resources are available to our registered students.

Our library computers have the software IT students need, including Microsoft Visual Studio 2017, NetBeans IDE, CyberDuck, Raptor, Microsoft Access, Autodesk AutoCAD, and Business Plan Pro. We also have study rooms and commons areas set up for students to demonstrate and collaborate on group projects.

For books on hot topics and scholarly research in IT we have Skillsoft and Springer ebooks specialized collections, and our other collections like Ebook Central are strong in computer science, information technology, and mathematics. The titles displayed are just the tip of the iceberg, selected by our library intern Andrea Broxon and our student worker Than Khine to pique interest.

Research and trends in IT move so quickly, articles are the way to keep up. Our many databases provide access to the latest and greatest peer-reviewed and trade publications, and our staff will help you find what you need to stay current.

We have printed books, study guides, and online services that will prepare you for certificate exams like CompTIA and Microsoft Office Specialist.

Andrea Broxon helped design and set up this display. Andrea just graduated from our Library Technical Assistant program and we know that she has a bright future ahead. Thank you and Congratulations, Andrea!

 

Future Crimes

Inside the Digital Underground and the Battle for Our Connected World

9780552170802-us-300By Marc Goodman
Call Number: HV6773 .G665 2016
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Technological advances have benefited our world in immeasurable ways, but there is an ominous flip side: our technology can be turned against us. And just over the horizon is a tidal wave of scientific progress that will leave our heads spinning–from implantable medical devices to drones and 3-D printers, all of which can be hacked, with disastrous consequences. With explosive insights based on a career in law enforcement and counterterrorism, leading authority on global security Marc Goodman takes readers on a vivid journey through the darkest recesses of the Internet. He explores how bad actors are primed to hijack the technologies of tomorrow. Provocative, thrilling, and ultimately empowering, Future Crimes will serve as an urgent call to action that shows how we can take back control of our own devices and harness technology’s tremendous power for the betterment of humanity–before it’s too late.

We’re moving from Books 24×7 to Skillsoft Books

Our database Books 24×7 has become Skillsoft Books, with a dramatically improved user interface. The collection behind that interface has expanded, and we are not aware of any popular titles being dropped.

Ivy Tech users can access Skillsoft Books immediately, and continue to access Books 24×7 until May 12th, to lessen impact on this semester. Changes will be made to our Library guides and website during this time, and Professors will need to change links to Books 24×7 in their course materials for future semesters.

Skillsoft books does not require a separate user account like Books 24×7. Instead, you  will be prompted to log in using your IvyTech username and password.

Users who have created Personal Folders in Books 24×7, for collections of frequently-used titles, will need to recreate these collections in the new Skillsoft portal. This is easy, but somewhat time-consuming as you must search each title and add it. Here’s how:

Log in to Books 24×7 and open your Personal Folders. On the toolbar, click the export button and in the dialog box choose the file format you prefer.

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You will be prompted to save the file to your device. Open the file on your device. The Excel file has the titles in one column; Word has them in a list. In either, the titles are hyperlinks back to Books 24×7.

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Searching these titles in Skillsoft is the easiest way to recreate your list. Open and log in to Skillsoft Books, and type your first title in the search box at the top. From the results list, click the Launch button next to your title and choose Save from the drop-down menu.

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You will be prompted where to save it; choose New Set, give it a title, and add any other information you want. Only the title is required.

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This Set will now appear when you click on the My Shelf icon at the top of the Skillsoft home page. Simply click on the title to open the list of saved titles, which can be books, videos, or presentations.

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From the My Shelf menu, you can also use Add Learning Event and save a group of resources to it.

Exam Cram: CompTIA A+ 220-901 and 220-902

With accompanying CD-ROM at the Circulation Desk.

41vo94oxzll-_sx331_bo1204203200_By David L. Prowse
Call Number: QA 76.3 .P78554 2016
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This is the perfect study guide to help you pass CompTIA ‘s new A+ 220-901 and 220-902 exams. It provides coverage and practice questions for every exam topic, including substantial new coverage of Windows 8/8.1, new PC hardware, tablets, smartphones, OS X, Linux, cloud computing, and professional-level networking and security. Extensive prep tools include quizzes, Exam Alerts, our great last-minute Cram Sheet, two full practice exams in the print book and an additional two exams in the test engine, plus complete real-time practice and feedback through Pearson’s state-of-the-art test engine. You’ll also find ten exclusive Real World Scenario case studies, all linked to simulations or video on the DVD!

Practice Questions

9780789756305-usBy David L. Prowse
Call Number: QA 76.3 .P785543 2016
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Covers the critical information you’ll need to know to score higher on your A+ 220-901 and 220-902 exams! Features 640 questions, organized to reflect the newest objectives for the A+ exams, so you can easily assess your knowledge of every topic. Each question includes a detailed answer explanation.

Everybody Lies

Big Data, New Data, and What the Internet Can Tell Us about Who We Really Are

9780062390851-frBy Seth Stephens-Davidowitz
Call Number: QA76.9.D343 S685155 2017
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A former Google data scientist presents an insider’s look at what the vast, instantly available amounts of information from the Internet can reveal about human civilization and society.

How much sex are people really having? How many Americans are actually racist? Is America experiencing a hidden back-alley abortion crisis? Can you game the stock market? Does violent entertainment increase the rate of violent crime? Do parents treat sons differently from daughters? How many people actually read the books they buy? In this groundbreaking work, Seth Stephens-Davidowitz, a Harvard-trained economist, former Google data scientist, and New York Times writer, argues that much of what we thought about people has been dead wrong. The reason? People lie, to friends, lovers, doctors, surveys–and themselves. However, we no longer need to rely on what people tell us. New data from the internet–the traces of information that billions of people leave on Google, social media, dating, and even pornography sites–finally reveals the truth. By analyzing this digital goldmine, we can now learn what people really think, what they really want, and what they really do. Sometimes the new data will make you laugh out loud. Sometimes the new data will shock you. Sometimes the new data will deeply disturb you. But, always, this new data will make you think. This book will change the way you view the world. There is almost no limit to what can be learned about human nature from Big Data–provided, that is, you ask the right questions.

Whiplash

How to Survive Our Faster Future

9781455544592By Joi Ito and Jeff Howe
Call Number: HC79.T4 I8165 2016
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The director of MIT’s Media Lab and a contributor to “Wired” present a set of working principles for adapting and thriving in the face of the twenty-first century’s rapidly changing and unpredictable digital environments.

The world is more complex and volatile today than at any other time in our history. The tools of our modern existence are getting faster, cheaper, and smaller at an exponential rate, just as billions of strangers around the world are suddenly just one click or tweet or post away from each other. The future will run on an entirely new operating system– with a steep learning curve. Ito and Howe present nine organizing principles for navigating and surviving this tumultuous period.

Library Creative Commons

What do you know about Library’s Creative Commons? We have dedicated PC’s loaded with specialized software not available on normal students computers. This includes software titles such as AutoCAD, Solidworks, Business Plan Pro. Creative Commons environment is conducive to individual study or collaboration.

Also available in Creative Commons is a TV stations a DVD/VHS player.

What is coming soon to Library’s Creative Commons? We plan on adding a MAC computer, Adobe Creative Cloud (Image/Video editing capability), computer stations with webcams for webinars and web-based interviews, other software as needed or identified.
Here is an A-Z list of software titles available in the Creative Commons:


·         SOLIDWORKS 2015 Education Edition
o   eDrawings 2015 x64 Edition
o   SOLIDWORKS 2015 x64 Edition
o   SOLIDWORKS Composer 2015
o   SOLIDWORKS Tools
·         Autodesk
o   Autodesk Design Review 2013
o   Alias Design 2015
o   AutoCAD 2015
o   AutoCAD Architecture 2015
o   AutoCAD Electrical 2015
o   AutoCAD Mechanical 2015
o   AutoCAD Raster Design 2015
o   AutoCAD Structural Detailing 2015
o   AutoCAD Utility Design 2015
o   Autodesk 3ds Max Design 2015
o   Autodesk AutoCAD Civil 3D 2015
o   Autodesk Backburner 2015
o   Autodesk Data Management
o   Autodesk Factory Design Utilities 2015
o   Autodesk Inventor 2015
o   Autodesk Mechanical Simulation Job Manager
o   Autodesk Mudbox 2015
o   Autodesk Recap
o   Autodesk Showcase 2015
o   Autodesk Simulation Mechanical 2015
o   Autodesk Simulation Mudflow Advisor 2015
o   Autodesk Sketchbook Designer 2014
o   DWG TrueView 2015
o   Revit 2015
o   Simulation CFD 2015
o   Subassembly Composer 2015

Business Plan Pro