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You may already be familiar with some of the useful databases for computer science research available from the Clark Library, but you may also want to try databases geared toward research in history, law, political science, public policy, and/or ethics.
Engineering and Computer Science Databases
ACM Digital Library
Full text of Association for Computing Machinery journals, magazines, and conference proceedings.
Technology and computing journals. Some full text. 1985-
Engineering journals, reports, conference proceedings, and books. 1969-
Theoretical and applied mathematics. 1940-
Databases for History and Social Science
Databases for Law
Scholarly law journals. Full text. 1965-
Nexis Uni: Legal Cases
Search for Federal and State cases by keyword, case name, and more. Restricted to UP students, faculty and staff.
Nexis Uni: Law Reviews
Search the full text of law reviews. Restricted to UP students, faculty and staff.
Now named Nexis Uni. Full text of newspapers and other news sources, as well as business & legal information. Restricted to UP students, faculty and staff.
Databases for Policy and Government
General (Multidisciplinary) Databases
Tips for Searching in Library Databases
- Use Boolean Operators in your searches (AND, NOT, OR, etc.) to broaden or narrow a search
Use truncation (e.g., comput* instead of computer or computing) to include all word forms
Choose limiters to define time span, language, and type of resource, to filter out unwanted results
Look at the references of the articles you find to identify other useful sources
Using library databases will maximize your chances of finding useful articles for your research, but you still need to evaluate the sources you find using the CRAAP test criteria. Remember to always consider the Currency, Relevance, Authority, Accuracy, and Purpose of the articles you find on the web or via library databases.
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