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Computer Science: Finding Articles

This guide describes ways to find information about computer science using resources available at the University of Regina.

Obtaining a Known Journal Article

If you have enough information (as is found in a bibliographic citation) to identify a journal article, look up the journal by title in the Library Catalogue. Be sure you look it up by the title of the journal, not the title of the article.

The catalogue entry might give you one or more links to the online version of the journal, or it might give you a call number for the print journal.

If the library doesn't have the journal, or doesn't have the issue that you need, you can order the article through Interlibrary Loan (or UREAD if you are a distance education student, or a faculty member not based at the Regina campus).

      Obtaining a Known Conference Article

      This section assumes that you have enough information (as is found in a bibliographic citation) to identify a conference article.

      1. Look up the name of the conference in the Library Catalogue. Use the Catalogue's Basic Search function and enter title words of the conference in the Keyword Anywhere field. Leave out words that indicate the year or ordinal numbering (e.g. 5th) of the conference.
      2. If you don't find it in the Library Catalogue, and the conference is an ACM conference or an IEEE conference, look in the ACM Digital Library or in IEEE Xplore, respectively. (Most ACM and IEEE conferences are in the Library Catalogue, but there can be exceptions; or your search keywords might not have matched the words in the catalogue record.)
      3. Many conference proceedings are published as volumes in the series Lecture Notes in Computer Science, although citations to articles in those proceedings often don't note that fact. The entire Lecture Notes series is in the database SpringerLink. If you do not find the article via steps 1 and 2, look in SpringerLink.
      4. If you still don't find it, you can request the article via Interlibrary Loan (or UREAD if you are a distance education student, or a faculty member not based at the Regina campus). If you are not sure that you searched for it correctly, feel free to contact the science librarian.

      Finding Articles on a Topic





      You can search for articles on a topic by searching bibliographic databases.

      Bibliographic databases fall into two categories:

      • Publisher databases are databases produced by publishers as a way to deliver their content. They have the advantage that newly-published content appears immediately. They have the disadvantage that they contain only content from a particular publisher.
      • Non-publisher databases contain content from many different publishers. They have the inverse advantage and disadvantage: They have content from many publishers, but there may be a time lag from when articles are published to when they appear in the database.

      Best Bets for Computer Science

      Non-publisher databases:

      • Web of Science (includes Science Citation Index)
        A major comprehensive science database, containing journal articles and articles from conference proceedings.
      • The Collection of Computer Science Bibliographies
        An open-access searchable amalgamation of computer science bibliographies, containing references to journal articles, conference papers, and technical reports.
      • CiteSeerx
        An open-access search engine for scientific literature, especially in computer and information science. Includes citation data.
        An open-access search engine for computer science and engineering literature.

      Publisher databases:

      • ACM Digital Library
        A database of journals and conference proceedings of ACM (Association for Computing Machinery), the world's foremost computer science society, and those of some affiliated publishers.
      • IEEE Xplore
        Publications of IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers), including those of the IEEE Computer Society.
      • SpringerLink
        A database from Springer (and its imprints), an important publisher of computer science (and other science) content. SpringerLink includes the full text of all volumes of Lecture Notes in Computer Science, a major source of conference proceedings.

      Also Useful

      Non-publisher databases:

      Publisher databases: