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Computer Science

Charlotte Greasley

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Academic Librarian

‌This guide aims to provide you with information about the Library’s resources and services relevant to Computer Science.

Use the tabs above to find information about:

  • print and electronic books (ebooks)

  • journals and journal articles

  • referencing

Before you start remember to download the VPN from IT Services to gain seamless off-campus access to ebooks, e-journals, databases, e-mail and print credits etc.

If this guide does not provide you with the information that you need then please contact your Academic Librarian. 

Getting Further Help

Your Academic Librarian Charlotte Greasley can help you with:

  • Literature searching
  • Finding resources in the library
  • Referencing

 It’s easy to get in contact with Charlotte to arrange a one-to-one training session or to ask a question.

 Charlotte works on Wednesday afternoons, Thursdays and Fridays, email her at:

 General enquiries

 For general library enquiries, including account information or overdue books please see:

  • the library homepage  
  • email the virtual enquiry service or ring 01509 222360
  • or visit one of the customer service desks located in the library


The library offers a range of workshops aimed at either taught students or PhDs.  These workshops cover topics such as literature searching, referencing, essay or report writing, presentation skills, note taking, revision and exam skills and many more.  Further information can be found at this link.  Select the tab for either ‘Student workshop’ or ‘PGR’ for PhDs.

 Advice sheets

A suite of advice sheets are available on topics such as reading efficiently, taking notes, minimising stress, learning at the university, and referencing.  These can be accessed at this link and cover the same topics as the workshops.  

Print & Electronic Books

The library stocks books in both print and electronic format which you can find on the  catalogue.  Electronic books or ebooks can be viewed on any computer whether you are in the Library or working from home off campus.  Just remember to download the VPN for off campus access.  

Printed books on the same subject are given the same shelfmark number, which is located on the spine of each book. The shelfmark or classmark number consists of numbers and letters for example T. Connolly’s Database systems: a practical approach to design, implementation and management has the shelfmark 005.74/CON.  The ‘CON’ stands for Connolly. Books with several editions should be located together.


Useful shelfmarks for Computer ScienceShelfmarkFloor Level
Artificial Intelligence 006.3 2
Computer Graphics 006.6 2
Computer Systems 004.22 2
Database Systems 005.74 2
HTML 005.72 2
Human Computer Interaction 004.019 2
Information Systems 658.4038 1
Java 005.262 JAV/ 2
Mobile Computing 004.165 2
Programming 005.262 2
Security Systems 005.8 2
Software Engineering 005.1 2
SPSS 005.55 SPS/ 2
System Analysis Design 004.21 2
Web Design & CSS 006.7 2
Web Design & Internet 004.678 2

Most of the computer science books are located on level 2.

Level 2 - stocks books between shelfmarks 001-499 and 700-999.

Level 1 - stocks books with shelfmarks between 500-699.

Tip: If you only want to search for ebooks on the catalogue then refine your search by selecting ‘eBook' under 'Limit to' on the advanced search. Alternatively select ‘Book’ if you only want print books.

Finding Journals & Journal Articles from Databases

Academic journals are simply academic magazines which are sometimes referred to as periodicals or serials.  Journals are written by and for experts in their chosen field. Journal articles help scholars and researchers to share their research with the academic community and are published on a regular basis, for example monthly or quarterly.  Only articles which have been reviewed by other experts or peers (peer reviewed) make it into academic journals, unlike articles published in popular magazines or newspapers. The library also stocks trade magazines, which include exhibition reviews, news and job opportunities.

The library stocks a number of print journals (on levels 1 and 2), but the bulk are available as electronic journals or e-journals. E-journals can be viewed on any computer whether you are in the Library or working from home off campus.  Just remember to download the VPN for off campus access. 

 Why use journals:

 They provide useful information, research and discussions:

  • Give different viewpoints from several authors
  • Information is current as journals are published quicker than books
  • Latest research on new or emerging subject areas‌ 

 There are 3 ways to find journal articles in the library.

  • Pick up a printed copy of a journal in the library and browse to find relevant articles.  Locate the shelfmark of the journal on the catalogue.
  • Browse through the electronic journal or e-journal to find relevant articles. 
  • Use a subject database which allows you to search several (sometimes hundreds) of e-journals simultaneously for articles or conference papers.  Databases are also really useful if you need to find industry standards, newspaper articles, statistics, patents or market research. 

Tip:  Millions of journal articles have been published over the years and the majority can only be found by searching for them in specialist databases.  The library’s catalogue can locate the titles of a few journal articles by selecting the ‘catalogue plus’ search option.  However, remember that these results will only reflect a small percentage of the number of articles available. Take a look at the specialist databases listed below.

Key Computer Science resources

ACM digital library - full text

Compendex - full text available for many articles

Computer Science Bibliography (DBLP) - abstracts with some full text available 

DBLP - computer science bibliography 

IEEE Xplore - full text

Learning & Technology Library (AACE) - abstracts

Science Direct - full text

Scopus - abstracts with some full text available

Web of Science - full text available for many articles

Tip: Some of the abstract only databases will provide SFX links . When you see the SFX symbol  click on it and then select the   icon to access the full text where available.


Use the subject guides for Mathematics or Business if you want to find resources on these topics. 


Lecture Notes in Computer Science

Lecture Notes in Computer Science are a series from Springer covering research and development from all areas of this discipline including robotics, artificial intelligence, computer communication netowrks, software engineering, data encryption and database management.  Full access is available from 1973 to 2017.  Click on this link to access Springer then search for 'Computer science lecture notes'.  You may need to log in using your Athens username and password.   



If you are experiencing problems accessing the library's online material then please email: or ring 01509 222360.


Referencing & Citation

When you refer to another person’s work in your own essay, report or presentation etc, you will need to reference that work to avoid plagiarising it.This allows the person reading your work to differentiate between your ideas and those of another person.You can reference the work in two ways:

  • Citation, also called an in-text citation.  This accompanies the quote, extract, paraphrasing or illustration that you have used and provides the name of the author/creator, date and page numbers if relevant. For example:

‘Recent research (Baker and Gale, 2015, pp. 201-203) challenges previous theories…..’

  •  Bibliography, provides the details of all the sources which you have consulted during your research.  If you are referencing a printed book you will need to include the following details: author/editor; publication year; title; edition if not the first; place of publication; series and volume number where relevant. For example:

Baker, G.H. and Gale, F. (2015) Cloud computing. 2nd ed. London: Routledge.

An advice sheet on citing and referencing using the Harvard style can be found at this link.

An excellent guide to referencing which mainly includes Harvard examples is called ‘Cite them Right: the essential referencing guide’ by R. Pears and G.J. Shields.  Either use the online version at the link above or borrow a printed copy from the library, shelfmark 808.027/PEA located on level 2.  The 10th edition of this book includes examples on how to cite:

  • web pages with no authors or titles, etc

  • ebooks

  • blogs,

  • wikis and social networking sites such as Facebook or Twitter

  • computer games or programs

  • legal cases

  • packaging

  • podcasts, phonecasts, screencasts or vodcasts/vidcasts.

Reference management software

Reference management software can help you to keep track of all the references you have used in your reports, essays or final project. The software recommended by the university is called Mendeley.   The library provides a quick start-up guide on Mendeley which is available from Learn.  The library also provides workshops which can be accessed here.