Databases for Computing

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  • Journals are academic magazines that are published regularly. Some journals are focused on news and trade e.g. ITNow
    Other journals publish original research. The most well regarded journals use a quality control procedure called peer-review. These are considered to contain material of the highest academic quality. An example of a peer-reviewed journal is: Journal of the ACM

    You can find journal articles by using databases. Below is a list databases that are particularly relevant and useful for Computing. More databases covering other subject areas can be found on this a-z list.

    Key databases for computing

    Database Details
    ACM Digital Library

    A key resource. The Association for Computing Machinery Digital Library (ACM DL) gives access to the fulltext of their 50+ peer-reviewed journals along with magazines, conference proceedings and videos. 

    IEEE Xplore Digital Library

    The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) publish many of the top journals in the areas of computer science, electronic engineering and telecommunications.

    You can access fulltext of IEEE and Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) conference papers, journal articles, and IEEE standards back to 1988.  

    O'Reilly (was Safari) 

    A large collection of electronic books, videos and tutorials (Learning Paths) covering many aspects of computing, programming and information technology. Includes material on programming, data analytics, artificial intelligence and cyber security.

    Also accessible via iOS and Android apps.


    ScienceDirect is a full text database from publisher Elsevier covering a range of subjects including Computing.  Journals include Neural Networks and Information Fusion.


    Very large databases that cover many subjects

    Database Details

    Academic Search Complete

    Academic Search Complete is a large interdisciplinary database which includes some computing titles such as the International Journal of Computer Vision.

    Some articles are fulltext, others just abstracts (summaries) of the fulltext.

    Google Scholar 

    Google Scholar contains bibliographic records for a huge range of information sources across the full spectrum of subjects, including those for computing subjects.

    There is no fulltext in this database, only bibliographic information and sometimes links to an external website where you may, or may not, be able to get the fulltext of the information source through Oxford Brookes University subscriptions.

    Google Scholar does not have the advanced features of some bibliographic databases (like Web of Knowledge) so you may want to use the Advanced Scholar Search to restrict your results to the information sources that are most relevant to your topic. 

    Web of Science

    Web of Science is a database on a wide variety of interdisciplinary subjects. It includes the Science Citation Index.

    Some full text is available via linking.


    Other databases you might find useful

    Database Details

    Access to Research

    Access to Research is a scheme in UK public libraries to allow free access to academic journals for the public. You can check what journals are available and read abstracts online but full text access is only available in the public library.

    British Standards online

    British Standards are documents that describe the 'best practice' quality for a wide range of goods and services. The standards range from technical specifications for the manufacture of springs to standards of language study tour providers.

    Our subscriptions gives you access to all current British Standards.

    Business Source Complete

    Business Source Complete is a large database that specialises in management, business and economics, though there is an increasing number of computing titles.

    Some articles are fulltext, others are abstract (summary) only.


    PsycINFO is a database for psychology and psychiatry. It is included here because of its interest to researchers in Artificial Intelligence.

    PsycINFO has some fulltext articles and some abstracts (summaries) only.