Focus on … Computer Science

Looking to get started on a project in computer science but don’t know where to begin your research?  Why not try these electronic resources available on

ACM Digital Library

The ACM Digital Library provides access to the full text of articles from journals, newsletters and conference proceedings published by ACM, the Association for Computing Machinery, the world’s largest educational and scientific computing society. It also has bibliographic citations from other major publishers in computing although not all of these will be available in full-text.

The ACM Digital Library can be searched in two different ways:

  1. Click here to connect to the ACM Digital Library and search using its interface. A useful video tutorial produced by the Cannavino Library in New York explains how to use the interface.
  2. Add ACM Digital Library to your list of preferred databases and search using the portal.  Find out how by clicking here.

IEEE Xplore

IEEE Xplore is a gateway to the most vital information in the computing and engineering industry with access to journal articles, conference proceedings and standards helping you to advance in computer hardware and software innovation.  Here is just a sampling of IEEE content:


  • IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering
  • IEEE Internet Computing Magazine
  • IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics
  • IEEE Design and Test of Computers Magazine
  • IEEE Intelligent Systems Magazine
  • IEEE Computer Architecture Letters


  • 1364-2006: IEEE Standard for Verilog Hardware Description Language
  • 1076-2008: IEEE Standard for VHDL Language Reference Manual
  • 830-1998: IEEE Recommended Practice for Software Requirements Specifications
  • 829-1998: IEEE Standard for Software Test Documentation

Conference Proceedings

  • IEEE Symposium on Security and Privacy
  • IEEE Conference on Engineering of Complex Computer Systems
  • IEEE International Conference on Software Engineering
  • International Conference on Software Testing, Verification and Validation

IEEE Xplore can be accessed directly by clicking here or can be searched directly within the portal. Find out how by clicking here.

Video tutorials on how to use IEEE Xplore are available on the IEEE website here.

Computers and Applied Sciences Complete

Computers and Applied Sciences Complete (CASC) covers the research and development spectrum of the computing and applied sciences disciplines. It contains collected knowledge on traditional engineering challenges & research, and is a resource for research concerning the business and social implications of new technology. CASC provides indexing and abstracts for nearly 2,200 academic journals, professional publications with full text available for more than 1,000 periodicals. Subject areas include the many engineering disciplines, computer theory & systems, new technologies, and social & professional context.

As for the ACM Digital Library and IEEE Xplore, CASC can be searched directly within its own interface on Ebsco (click here) or by adding it to your list of preferred databases and search using the portal.  Find out how by clicking here.

Lecture Notes in Computer Science / Springer e-Books

The series, Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS) from Springer, has established itself as a medium for the publication of new developments in computer science and information technology research and teaching – quickly, informally, and at a high level.

All volumes are published simultaneously in printed version and electronically, most of them in time for conferences, and selected titles in the print library have also been added to the digital library. The LNCS digital library holds over 35,000 papers written by over 50,000 individual scientists and professionals.

Also available is access to the full Springer e-book collection from 2005 to present day.


This has just been a sampling of the principal resources available in Computer Science.  Click here for access to the full list of resources.



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