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Computer Science: A Brief Guide to Library Resources: Databases & Indexes

Databases & Indexes

ACM Digital Library

The ACM Digital Library is a full text archive of the Association's journals, magazines, and transactions from their inception. It also includes a significant collection of proceedings from ACM conferences and workshops along with newsletters from special interest groups, and journals and conference proceedings from affiliated organizations and publishers. The Digital Library may browsed or searched, with advanced search and personalization capabilities. 

IEEE/IET Electronic Library

Covering Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Physics, and related subjects, IEL is an extensive collection containing 179 IEEE journals, magazines, and transactions; 26 Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) journals and magazines; 1,400+ IEEE conference titles; 20+ IET conference and seminar digests; and over 2,800 IEEE approved standards. IEL replaces IEEE Computer Society Digital Library and IEEE All-Society Periodicals Package.

Applied Science & Technology Source.
Providing access to the full text from more than 1,400 journals and magazines, this database covers academic journals, trade journals, professional society journals, directories, buyers' guides, and conference proceedings. Subject coverage includes computing theory and practice; engineering and applied science; and social and business implication of technology.
Computer Source  
Providing access to nearly 300 full text academic journals, magazines, and trade publications, this resource covers computers science, programming, artificial intelligence, cybernetics, information systems, robotics, and software. An additional 150 periodicals are also indexed and abstracted.
The Guide to Computing Literature.

Published by the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), the Guide is a comprehensive bibliographic database that contains citations from the major English language publishers in computing. Coverage, which dates as far back as 1947, includes books, journal articles, conference proceedings, doctoral dissertations, master's theses, and technical reports.  The Guide is integrated with the ACM Digital Library.  To search the Guide, use the Advanced Search mode and select the ACM Guide to Computing Literature. 

The INSPEC database provides comprehensive coverage of the fields of physics, electronics, and computing from 1968 forward for journal articles, reports, books, dissertations, patents, and conference papers.


INSPEC Training Videos.
Developed by the the IET (the producers of INSPEC), these training videos include an introduction and overview of the database; content and subject coverage; specialized subject indexing; and details on author, company, and conference searching.
The Web-based equivalent to Mathematical Reviews produced by the American Mathematical Society. Indexes and reviews books, periodical articles, and conference proceedings back to 1940.
MathSciNet Tutorials.
Developed by the American Mathematical Society, this series of tutorials covers important aspects of searching MathSciNet, including publication results, authors, journals, citation search, preferences, and free tools.
Web of Science.
Produced by Thomson Reuters, Web of Science indexes the contents of over 20,000 "high impact" journals in the sciences, social sciences, arts, and humanities.  In addition to subject searching, it is also possible to conduct author searches to determine who has cited an author's works.  Coverage begins with 1993.
A publisher's aggregator database that provides access to a large collection of Elsevier online journals, including computer science titles. 
EBSCO Academic Search Complete

Additional computer science databases & indexes.

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