I'm wondering if there are other resources that cover Carter-Wegman style message authentication, besides the sources themselves.
Is there an online text or a book that covers their ideas? I'd prefer something that's very thorough, and less importantly, free. I'm just really trying to get a feel for their ideas and related works.
Wikipedia covers VMAC, which is an application of their ideas, here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/VMAC
The original sources are linked through http://www.dblp.org/search/index.php#query=author:mark_n_wegman:&qp=H1.1000:W1.4:F1.4:F2.4:F3.4:F4.4
...and you can refine the search to just Wegman and Carter's works by clicking on Carter on the right side.