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Why Articles?

Articles tend to be shorter than books and are written on very specific topics.  They appear in periodicals, such as journals, newspapers, and magazines.


What's the difference between articles, journals, and databases?

Articles are the smallest piece of the puzzle.  They are written on one topic.  Usually many articles are collated into a

Periodical.  Periodicals may be journals, magazines, or newspapers.  Think of the last time you read The Baltimore Sun or The Washington Post -- each issue contains dozens of articles.  Sometimes we refer to all periodicals as journals.  You can search and find lots of journals in our

Databases.  Databases are large digital repositories that contain many periodicals and many, many articles.  Using the databases lets you look through lots of material with just one search.

Computer Science Databases

Try the following databases for information specific to computer science:

  • Access Science
    Welcome to McGraw-Hill's AccessScience 2.0 - a top-to-bottom redesign of the premiere online science platform, featuring fully searchable content from McGraw-Hill's Encyclopedia of Science & Technology, 10th Edition. The new generation of AccessScience gathers and synthesizes vast amounts of information, and organizes it to give you fast, easy and accurate access to authoritative articles in all major areas of science and technology.
  • ACM Digital Library
    The ultimate online resource for computing professionals and students.
  • Computer Database
    Provides comprehensive information about the computer, electronics, and telecommunications industries. Coverage includes detailed information about the evaluation, purchase, use, and support of computer and other electronic products.
  • Computers and Applied Sciences Complete
    Computers & Applied Sciences Complete covers the research and development spectrum of the computing and applied sciences disciplines. CASC provides indexing and abstracts for nearly 2,200 academic journals, professional publications, and other reference sources from a diverse collection. Full text is also available for more than 1,000 periodicals.
  • IEEE/IEE Electronic Library
    Provides full-text access to IEEE transactions, journals, magazines and conference proceedings published since 1988 and all current IEEE Standards.
  • MathSciNet
    Covering mathematical literature since 1940 this international database provides bibliographic data and reviews of mathematical research literature from 1700 current journals, books and other original documents.
  • Science in Context
    An in-depth, curriculum-oriented science database that provides a one-stop resource for all science-related research needs. This 24/7 resource reflects curriculum trends and focuses on key concepts taught in school.

General Databases

These databases contain information about a variety of topics, including computer science:

  • Academic Search Complete
    Academic Search Complete, designed specifically for academic institutions, is the world's most valuable and comprehensive scholarly, multi-disciplinary full-text database, with more than 5,300 full-text periodicals, including 4,400 peer-reviewed journals.
  • LexisNexis Academic
    Full-text database that offers a wide range of news, political, legal, business, and reference information in full-text format. Primary source of newspaper articles, including those from the Washington Post and the New York Times. Federal code, regulations, and case law, plus state codes and cases.
  • LexisNexis Statistical
    Gives access to millions of facts and figures. The information is drawn from federal, state, and international government agencies, as well as private and academic sources. The information is available in gif, pdf, and Excel formats.
  • OmniFile Full Text Mega
    Covers core subjects, including applied sciences, art, education, humanities, law, social sciences and technology. Full text of articles from over 3,100 publications dating back to 1994. Indexing and abstracts from nearly 5,100 publications.
  • ProQuest Central
    Provides access to 27 of ProQuest's most highly used databases, with a variety of content types across over 160 subjects.

News Databases

You can find news and current events articles about almost any topic.  Try the databases below:

  • Baltimore Sun
    Indexes, abstracts, and provides online full text for The Baltimore Sun newspaper.
  • Christian Science Monitor
    Provides citations, abstracts and full-text articles from the newspaper.
  • CQ Researcher
    Provides award winning in-depth coverage of current and controversial issues.
  • Ethnic Newswatch
    Full-text bilingual (English/Spanish) database of 200 publications of the ethnic, minority, and native press.
  • National Newspapers Core
    Indexes and provides access to online full text for four newspapers: Christian Science Monitor, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and the Washington Post.
  • New York Times
    Indexes, abstracts, and provides online full text for the New York Times newspaper, the New York Times Book Review, and the New York Times Magazine.
  • Wall Street Journal
    Indexes, abstracts, and provides online full text for the Wall Street Journal newspaper.
  • Washington Post
    Indexes, abstracts, and provides online full text for the Washington Post newspaper.

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