Schwerdtfeger Library News -- December 2002

Library News - December 2002

By Jean M. Phillips

Where to find computing literature? Listed below are a few tools to help you find articles, information about companies or software, and full-text reference books for specific applications and software. For research help in this or any other area, contact the Library.

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INSPEC (Information Services for the Physics and Engineering Communities) covers the fields of physics, electrical engineering, electronics, telecommunications, computers, control technology and information technology. You'll find journal articles, conference papers, significant books, technical reports and dissertations. Includes abstracts.

Access: Licensed access for UW-Madison students, faculty, staff (from libraries, labs, offices, etc.).

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The Digital Library is an online resource containing all Association for Computing Machinery journals, magazines, and conference proceedings from 1991 and forward. The scholarly and trade publication source list includes 22 journals and magazines and 44 conference proceedings. Abstracts and some full text exist for literature published between 1985 and 1990. All aspects of computing are covered by the literature. The collection can be browsed by journal title or conference subject areas. The title, abstract or full text can be searched separately. Searches can be limited to a specific journal or conference, subject classification or date(s). Results are in either HTML or PDF formats.

Access: Licensed access for UW-Madison students, faculty, staff.

Full-Text Access to Computing Reference Books

Do you have new software on your computer and not a clue how to use it? Are you trying to remember an elusive bit of code for a program and don't have time to thumb through a manual to find it? Do you need to brush up on your Photoshop skills and someone has checked out the most recent guide from the library? For these and many popular computing needs, Books24x7 is a resource to try. It provides full-text access to more than 1500 reference books, reports, and documentation on programming, databases, web publishing, desktop applications, and much more. The full-text is searchable, allowing you to easily jump to passages of interest.

Publishing partners include: Que, Cambridge University Press, Peachpit Press, Digital Press, Artech House, Macmillan Computer Publishing, Microsoft Press, Osborne/McGraw Hill, Sybex and Sams Publishing.

Access: Licensed access for UW-Madison students, faculty, staff.

Gartner Datapro for IntraWeb

When you need information on computer vendors and products, take a look at Gartner Datapro. Datapro provides independent analysis in all areas of information technology (IT). The service evaluates vendors and products for new and existing technologies and markets. The service analyzes the competition from a global perspective for the worldwide IT marketplace. See the related resource Gartner intraWeb for in-depth analysis of IT trends.

Access: Licensed access for UW-Madison students, faculty, staff.

ResearchIndex: The NECI Scientific Literature Digital Library

ResearchIndex is similar to the Web of Science database, except its coverage is mainly computer science. Containing over 400,000 articles (many with links to the full-text) and over 5 million citations, it should be a primary resource for anyone doing research in computer science. ResearchIndex features lists of most cited authors, documents, and citations.

Access: Open to everyone