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Cybersecurity: Finding Books & More

Cybersecurity Canon

According to the Cybersecurity Canon website, the goal of this Canon is to "identify a list of must-read books for all cybersecurity practitioners – be they from industry, government or academia -- where the content is timeless, genuinely represents an aspect of the community that is true and precise, reflects the highest quality and, if not read, will leave a hole in the cybersecurity professional’s education that will make the practitioner incomplete."  More about the Cybersecurity Canon can be found here:

General Guide to Finding Books at CMU

Carnegie Mellon's online catalog (accessible from the Library homepage) will let you easily locate books held in our libraries.  Books not held by our library can be obtained from other libraries via Interlibrary Loan.  A really thorough database of books is called "WorldCat" (look under "State, National and International Catalogs).

Searching a library catalog is different than searching in databases that contain journal articles or conference papers. To get better results, it may be necessary to search under a broader keyword than your specific topic. When you enter a keyword in the catalog to look for books, your search is executed on basic pieces of information like the author, title, editor, publisher and subject headings (i.e. metadata). The book's title and its assigned subject headings assigned in catalog records are often much broader than your topic.  Perhaps your topic is only covered in a chapter or grouping of chapters. So keep this in mind and adjust as necessary.

Here are the Library of Congress classification numbers for selected Cybersecurity related topics:

​QA75-76.95 Calculating machines

QA75.5-76.95 Electronic computers. Computer science

QA76.75-76.765 Computer software

TK5101-6720 Telecommunication Including telegraphy, telephone, radio, radar, television

HV6251-6773.55 Crimes and offenses

Books on Course Reserve

Best Bets for finding Cybersecurity eBooks

The three library databases below are your best bet for finding eBooks and other digital resources related to Cybersecurity.  Most of the materials in these databases should also be "findable" in the Library catalog, but its a good idea to check here as well in case something slipped through.

References, Monographs, and More