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General Information

  • Kinds of documents:
    • patents: government granted license to an invention;
    • standards: agreed upon methodology: e.g. 802.11;
    • journals: research results presented in a periodical/magazine;
    • conference proceedings: research results presented at a meeting (most conferences in CS are peer-reviewed);
    • technical report: description of a solution to a specific problem;
    • books
      • reference: encyclopedias, tables, data collections, properties;
      • manuals: lab methods, programming languages, operating systems;
      • monographs: general topics;
    • technical specifications: how a device or component works, e.g. circuit diagrams;
    • code library: database of source code listings or linkable subroutines;
  • Peer review: researchers validating each others work before publication;
  • York's Academic Integrity Tutorial web site;
  • If you are not sure how to get started on your project, come to the Steacie library.

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Logging in from Home

  • Need to use Passport York login or bar code number & PIN from library card to authenticate as a York user.
  • Information here on logging in.
  • Remember: need to type in name of eresource using “by title” link after logging in.

Finding Resources at the Library

Finding Books & Journals

  • Do a search in The York Catalogue:
    • by title: Concurrent programming in Java : design principles and patterns
    • by author: Bjarne Stroustrup
    • by journal title: journal of the acm
    • by subject: Java
    • by subject: concurrent programming, parallel programming, parallel processing
    • by keyword: concurrent and programming and java

Finding Articles

These online databases can also be found in the eResources Quick Links or Search boxes on the library home page.

Article Citation Databases

  • INSPEC - best source for citations in all computing fields, best for comprehensive searches.
  • Web of Science - very good coverage of all major computing journals, good for citation searches.
  • Scopus - both references and citations.
  • ACM Guide to Computing Literature - another one focusing on computing.
  • Very important: look in full text article databases for conference proceedings:
    • IEEE, ACM or Lecture Notes in Computer Science: look in DBs below.
    • SPIE: keyword search in catalogue: SPIE and proceeding number.
    • Other: keyword search with part of title.
    • Last resort: 50-75% of conference papers usually on author's home pages (note, however, that this may not be the final version of the paper).

Full Text Article Databases

Online Computer Books

  • Safari - over 200 online computer/technical books on a wide range of subjects.
  • Books24x7 - 1000s of searchable full text books in computing and engineering.
  • Synthesis - amazing collection of CS & Engineering ebooks, more advanced topics.

Using Resources on the Internet

Use the Internet wisely.

  • Using Google as a scholarly research tool:
    • example: concurrent programming
    • example: concurrent programming locking
    • example: concurrent programming locking algorithm
    • example: concurrent programming locking algorithm java
    • strategy: find good portal sites
    • strategy: make sure you know exactly who produced the content
  • DBLP - good CS index of free web & many conferences & journals.
  • Citeseer - indexes the free web but a bit out of date.
  • Computing Research Repository (CoRR) - eprints and other online papers.
  • Google Scholar – good tool, but a bit unreliable while in Beta release. Generally quite good for CS, especially to find conference papers not in any of the databases to which we subscribe.

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2010/12/31 12:11