Computer Science: Find Articles

This guide highlights library and web resources useful for CSCI students.

Computer Science Databases

These databases will provide you with electronic access to articles and journals in the field of computer science, technology and allied fields.

If you need assisstance using these databases or conducting research, please do not hesitate to contact a librarian.


The Database Doesn't Have Full Text for My Article. Now What?

During your search, you may encounter times when the full text (PDF or HTML) of an article is not available in the database.  Follow these steps to see how you may locate an electronic or print version of your article:

  1. If PDF and HTML full text are unavailable, click Full Text Finderin certain databases to locate print copies in Columbus State's library or electronic copies in another database, such as the Electronic Journal Center.
  2. If you know the name of the journal in which the article appears, search the eResource Lookup to see if the journal is available online in one of the research databases.
  3. If the article is not available at Columbus State's library or electronically through the research databases, search the OhioLINK catalog for print holdings at nearby college or university libraries. 

Google Scholar

Use Google Scholar for a preliminary search.  Don't forget to check the library and library databases for titles you may find through Google Scholar! Many scholarly works still remain unavailable on the web.

Internet Myths

Limits of Scope

For librarian William Badke, one of the main frustrations with Google is its limited content. It often doesn't search the most important sources1. Most experts would agree that a single search engine captures no more than 16% of the entire Internet2.

Consequences of Habit

Another tendency of Internet researchers is to use the same search engine for every search3. Applying the information above, it becomes evident that repeatedly relying on a familar search engine severely constricts your awareness of the information available on a topic. This tendency towards the familar goes "hand-in-hand" with not using the advanced features of a particular search engine.

2L. Graham and P. Metaxas, "Of Course it's True; I Saw it on the Internet," Communications of the ACM 46:5, May 2003.

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