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The Library of Congress Classification System, which is the call number system utilized for locating and organizing library resources, breaks Computer Science down into primarily these areas:

  • QA75-76.95 Calculating machines
  • QA75-76.95 Electronic computers. Computer science
  • QA76.75-76.765 Computer software

Look at the Library of Congress Classification System Outline for more information.

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Reference Resources

Free On-Line Dictionary of Computing Supported by Imperial College Department of Computing. It includes definitions of acronyms, jargon, programming languages, tools, architecture, operating systems, networking, theory, conventions, standards, mathematics, telecoms, electronics, institutions, companies, projects, products, history, in fact any of the vocabulary you might expect to find in a computer dictionary.

Encyclopedia of Computer Science (Credo Reference) The Encyclopedia of Computer Science is the definitive reference in computer science and technology covering every major aspect of the field. Provides an historical timeline highlighting the key breakthroughs in computer science and technology, as well as clear and concise explanations of the latest technology and its practical applications. (A Dickinson Database)

Encyclopedia of Information Science and Technology, 2005 Edition, Volumes 1-5 A Dickinson eBook.

Encyclopedia of Cryptology, 1997 Edition A Dickinson eBook.

TechEncyclopedia Contains more than 20,000 computing and information technology entries. Provides brief definitions and in-depth explanations.

Concise Encyclopedia of Computer Science (REF QA76.15 .C654 2004): in library reference stacks

Computer Science Handbook (QA76 .C54755 2004): in Library upper level

Handbook of Data Structures and Applications (QA76.9 .S88 H363 2005): in Library upper level

McGraw-Hill encyclopedia of science & technology (Q121 .M3 2002 V. 1-20) in library reference stacks


Library Catalog or JumpStart: Provide access to available collections in Dickinson library. Also allow users to use interlibrary loan service to request collections from other libraries. (Dickinson Catalog & Dickinson Database)

WorldCat: A huge catalog of more than 140 million books and other materials in 71,000 member libraries worldwide. Very useful for discovering books that our library does not own that you can borrow via interlibrary loan (EZ-Borrow or ILLiad). (A Dickinson Database)

Springer eBooks. Over 3,000 ebooks on SpringerLink cover various subjects of Computer Science.

Finding Journals

Locating articles

Basic process for finding articles

If you find an article that looks interesting check to see if there is a link to the pdf or HTMl version of the article by the citation. If not, then click the "Get It!" button to see if we have access to it either electronically or in print.

If you cannot see either a direct link to the article or the "Get It!" button then search the Journal Locator for the title of the journal that it was published in. If you find the journal title here check to see if we have access to the year in which the journal article was published, and then follow the relevant link.

Requesting articles we do not own

If we have neither print nor electronic access to an article in our collection, then you can place an order for it through ILLIAD.

You will have to set up account the first time you order an article but once you have done this once you can use this same account each time you want an article.

Once you have an account set up then you can just click the "ILLIAD" link in the "Get it!" button and log into your account and the request form will be automatically populated with the citation information for your desired article so you only need to submit the request.

(If you do not have a journal citation, but instead have a topic, use one of our databases to locate citations).

Why use journals?

• Journals are often peer-reviewed/scholarly. This means the research in the articles have been double-checked for validity.

Primary research often appears in journal articles. Primary research is the first article or report on a topic whereas secondary research are the articles or reports that talk about that primary article. Always look back to the primary article when using secondary sources as support.

• Journals can contain the most recent information on a topic. In the sciences this can be very important.


If you are looking for quick access to articles, start your research with these:

Academic Search Complete: A scholarly, multi-disciplinary full-text database for the humanities, sciences and social sciences. Includes scholarly journals, magazines, conference proceedings and books.

General Science Full Text: Covers topics from supernovas to marine pollution. A good starting point for researchers seeking information on a variety of scientific topics. Coverage from 1984 to present. Some full texts are available. (A Dickinson Database)

JumpStart: Combines the library's catalog and most of our online databases into a single search. With one interface you can search our library catalog and many (but not all) of our databases simultaneously, or in any number of combinations that you select. Some full texts are available. (A Dickinson Database)

SCIRUS: A comprehensive scientific research tool providing access to over 440 million scientific items indexed. Allows researchers to search for not only journal content but also scientists' homepages, courseware, pre-print server materials, patents, and institutional repository and website information.

If you are looking for more comprehensive coverage on a topic, use:

ACM Digital Library: Provides searchable and browsable access to full text of every article ever published by Association for Computing Machinery. Also includes conference proceedings as far back as 1954 and many Special Interest Group publications. Open access to more than 700,000 e-prints in Physics, Mathematics, Computer Science, Quantitative Biology, Quantitative Finance and Statistics. These articles have NOT necessarily been formally published yet, and may not be in their final form. Some full texts are available (A Cornell Open Access Repository).

Applied Science and Technology Full Text: Provides information on trends in the scientific and technological fields. Topics include engineering, acoustics, chemistry, computers, metallurgy, physics, plastics, telecommunications, transportation, and waste management. Coverage from 1983 to Present. Some full texts are available from 1997 to present. (A Dickinson Database)

Computers and Applied Sciences Complete: 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. Coverage from mid-1970s to Present. Some full texts are available. (A Dickinson Database)

MathSciNet: Covers the world's mathematical literature and literature in computer science, statistics, econometrics, and applications in ares such as physics, engineering, biology, and information systems. Coverage from 1940 to present. Citations only. (A Dickinson Database)

Science Citation Index Expanded (Web of Science): A multidisciplinary index to the journal literature of the sciences. Coverage from 1965 to present. Citations only. (A Dickinson Database).

ScienceDirect: Collects articles focusing on science, technology and medicine. Coverage from 1850 to present. Some full texts are available (A Dickinson Database).

  • NOTE: ScienceDirect identifies full-text articles with a green icon. To determine if Dickinson has access to non full-text articles, or to request an article via interlibrary loan, click on the article title and then expand the "Bibliographic Information" box in the right-hand column, then click on the "Get It!" link

Other Useful Internet Resources


WWW Virtual Library for Computing and Computer Science

National Science Foundation Directorate for Computer & Information Science & Engineering (CISE)

Professional Organizations:

ACM: Association for Computing Machinery is one of the preeminent associations for computer science.

Computer Science - Scholarly Societies Project: A link to major scholarly societies associated with IT, computing, and computer science.

The Computing Research Association (CRA): An association of North American academic departments, government, and industry that seeks to strengthen research and advance education in computing and allied fields.

Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE): The world's largest professional association dedicated to advancing technological innovation and excellence.

Association for Women in Computing

Websites Containing Scholarly Publications:

Virtual Technical Reports Center: A website run by the University of Maryland, it lists institutions that provide full-text reports or searchable abstracts of technical reports online. ArXiv (pronounced "") is a repository for research papers in physics, computer science, mathematics and neuroscience. While many of the papers on the server are high quality, be warned that they are not peer-reviewed.

Google Scholar: Limits Google searches to scholarly papers.

Websites Containing More Informal, Less Scholarly, Discussions:

Slashdot: Contains summaries of, and links to, interesting technology related materials on the web. Comments related to the postings are ranked through a star system so that the user can filter out comments that have low rating and only read the more relevant and insightful comments.

Stack Overflow A collaborative site featuring questions and answers from the programming community.


ACM TechNews Computer and technology information with an IT focus.

Wired News Contains articles on emerging trends and innovations in technologies and culture. Wired news is a popular, rather than scholarly, publication that provides very readable articles of relatively high quality.


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