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Computer and Information Science: Find Articles

Open Access Databases

The databases listed below are not subscribed to by the Masland Library.  They are available through the internet and may or may not be as well maintained as the databases subscribed to by the library.  However, they still have valuable information and provide additional resources not available in the library databases. In addition, it is important to remember that not all of the articles listed in these databases are free.

Databases are the best place to locate articles.  Below are a sample of the databases available through the Masland Library.

Databases

ACM

Search Tips

Below are some tips to help you search in the library catalog and databases:

Keywords - also called search terms are words used to describe a resource.  When choosing keywords look at your topic, research question or thesis statement and choose the most important words and use those words to search for information on your topic.  Avoid common words, which will give you to many results. 

Boolean Operators - are used to combine search terms together to retrieve more relevant results. 

  • AND - use to combine search terms when you want all the terms to appear in the article
  • OR - use only with synonyms, use to retrieve results that have any of the terms you searched  
  • NOT - use with words that have multiple meanings, eliminates a meaning of the word

Limiters - databases have many different ways that you can limit your search, some of the most common limits are listed below

  • Full Text - retrieves results that include the full text of the article as it was originally published
  • Scholarly/Peer Reviewed - retrieves results for articles that have been reviewed by experts in the field before they are published
  • Date Range - allows you to limit the publication date or the articles, find articles with in a specific range of dates, retrieve the most recent information quickly
  • Language - choose the language that you are most comfortable reading, this way you don't have to weed through articles you can't read.
  • There are many more limiters available and some databases have more than others.  If you would like more information about limiters or assistance locating resources please schedule a Research Consultation.

Bibliographic Searching - Use the citations in the articles you have found that are relevant to your topic to find similar articles.

This is just some of the many search tips.  For more information about locating and evaluating resources check out the Information Literacy Module or schedule a Research Consultation