Influential Computer Programmers

Where do I start?

Research Starters
The Knowledge Discovery Assistant (KDA) provides Research Starters to help you focus your initial research. The following reference databases are searchable using the KDA.
Britannica SchoolBritannica School offers traditional encyclopedia articles that can verify dates, spelling, and other details. Britannica School also links to magazine articles, web sites, and media for your research.

CredoCredo has Topic Pages, Mind Maps, and plenty of reference titles to help you get started off with solid information.

Oxford ReferenceOxford reference doesn't' offer any specific tools to help with your research. However, it is an authoritative reference database that includes many reference works that are standards in their field. It's a great resource. If you're having trouble finding information using the above databases, give Oxford Reference a try.


All of our databases are accessible through the KNOWLEDGE DISCOVERY ASSISTANT (KDA). You can view search results from specific databases as a search limiter found on the left-hand sidebar. The following databases are recommended, but not required, for this project. You are also able to access any resource within the KDA.

Biography in ContextBiography Reference BankBiography Reference Center
Science in ContextScience Reference CenterMAS Ultra High School

For this project you will want to perform a Subject search to retrieve the best results from our databases.
1. After logging in to the Knowledge Discovery Assistant, select the Advanced Search option located under the search box.
2. Select the SU Subject Terms field using the drop down menu located to the right of the search box.
3. Enter the name of the programmer you're' researching into the Search Box and click on Search.
4. Depending on the number of "hits" you retrieve from the database, you may need to limit or expand your search using the tools on the left-hand sidebar.
5. Please don't hesitate to ask Mr. Kilburn for help if you need assistance.

Full-Length Biographies

HHS eBooks Internet Archive eBooksLake County Public Library

For full-length biographies (aka books) are available from many sources, but the 3 listed here are your best bets for this project. EBSCO eBooks is Highland's eBook collection. eBooks and Texts is part of the Internet Archive and is an Open Education Resource. LCPL is the Lake County Public Library. The link will take you to LCPL's eBooks page, and you can check out materials using your Digital Access Card.

Podcasting with GarageBand on iPad

List of Programmers

  • Grace Hopper
  • Ada Lovelace
  • Bill Gates
  • Alan Turing
  • Peter Djikstra
  • Katherine Coleman Goble Johnson
  • Steve Jobs
  • George Boole
  • Muhammad ibn Musa al-Khwarizmi (algorithm)
  • Alexis Ohanian
  • Charles Babbage
  • Vint Cerf
  • Ian Spalter
  • Marvin Minsky
  • Margaret Hamilton
  • Mark Zuckerberg
  • Hari Parvati
  • Markus Alexej Persson
  • Eric Barone
  • Guido van Rossum
  • Bob Kahn
  • Shigeru Miyamoto

Databases vs. Internet

EBSCO vs Internet

Source Evaluation Tools

Assessing Trustworthy Sources
Source Evaluation
Evaluating Websites

Podcast Resources

7 Tips for Podcasting
Student Podcasting Challenge