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Primary subject databases
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ACM Digital Library Full-text of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) publications (doesn't include books). View Full Description
IEEE Xplore Digital Library Electrical and computer engineering journals, conference proceedings and standards from IEEE/IET. View Full Description

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Secondary subject databases
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EBSCOhost databases (all) Search all EBSCOhost databases at once. View Full Description
Gartner Provides information technology-related research and market analysis View Full Description
Inspec Comprehensive access to the literature in physics, computing, engineering, and information technology. View Full Description
Oxford Reference: Mathematics and Computer Science Reference works covering mathematics and computer science subjects. View Full Description
ProQuest databases (all) Search all ProQuest databases at once. View Full Description
Web of Science Core Collection Citation indexes for the arts & humanities, the social sciences, and the sciences. View Full Description

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Tertiary subject databases
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CiteSeer: Scientific Literature Digital Library Covers literature in computer and information science. View Full Description
Google Scholar Searches for articles and web resources from academic publishers and universities. View Full Description
ingentaconnect Academic and professional journals in various subject areas by various publishers. View Full Description
MathSciNet Reviews, with abstracts, to the world's literature in mathematics and related areas. View Full Description
Scholars Portal Books Electronic books from various publishers and coverage various subjects. View Full Description
Scholars Portal Journals Several thousand full-text electronic journals; especially strong in sciences and social sciences. View Full Description
ScienceDirect Journals and books published by Elsevier, primarily in the sciences. View Full Description
Citeseer: Scientific Literature Digital Library
Provides access to a broad range of research papers and articles primarily from the field of computing science.
CNET: The Computer Network
is a leading edge media company which integrates TV programming with a network of sites on the World Wide Web. Their site draws heavily on computer product reviews and news of the ongoing developments within computing and the Internet.
Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (FOLDOC)
is a searchable dictionary containing over 11,000 definitions. The site includes links to companies, institutions, products, projects, history and almost everything related to computing.
IEEE Computer Society Style Guide
The IEEE Computer Society Style Guide Committee’s mission is to clarify the editorial styles and standards that the Society’s publications use. We maintain and periodically update a style guide to clarify those usages not adequately defined in accepted external sources. Our purpose is to promote coherence, consistency, and identity of style, making it easier for CS editors and our authors to produce quality submissions and publications that communicate clearly to all our readers.
Scirus: For Scientific Information Only
Scirus is a science-specific search engine which examines over 167 million science related Web pages.
Serves as a dictionary and a search engine for computer and Internet technology.
WWW Virtual Library: Computing
This is a vast list of links to a wide variety of topics relating to the field of computers.

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