Computer Science and Electronic Data Processing

(QA: 75.5 - 76.95)

QA 75.5 Periodicals, Societies, Congresses, Serial Collections, Yearbooks

Collection of Computer Science Bibliographies

The Collection of Computer Science Bibliographies is a site dedicated to "...a collection of bibliographies of scientific literature in computer science from various sources, covering most aspects of computer science." The site offers more than 870 bibliographies, updated monthly from their original sources. Currently, the collection contains 700,000 references -- mainly to journals, conference papers, and technical reports -- and more than 9,000 references contain crossreferences to citing or cited publications. More than 25,000 references contain URLs to online versions of their respective papers; 1,600 links are present to other sites containing bibliographic information.
Major links present at the top of the site offer access to: (1) e-mail the site's creator; (2) access statistics; (3) information about the site; (4) FAQ; (5) simple search; (6) advanced search; (7) browse; (8) add a link; and (9) statistics. Users can select a link to move to that subject's area within the site or may browse the site by moving past the major links area. Within each subject division, there are links present for more information. Users who wish to perform a simple search should access its respective link; help links are present for result formats and querying. Users should fill in applicable query fields -- specifications on case options, exact/partial word matches, result form (citation, BibTeX, and Count Only) and number of matching results. Results will vary according to result form type. For citation form results, users will find matches organized by bibliography of origin. Each entry offers the: (1) author's name; (2) title of work; (3) BibTeX link; and (4) a link to the bibliography. A BibTeX result form produces the full document entry -- author, title of work, source of the bibliography, number of pages, publication year, list of keywords, and an abstract. A count only result form displays the number of matches with selected bibliography titles. Users should select a bibliography title to view matching entries.
Users who wish to perform an advanced search should select this link from the top of the site; selecting a search engine then produces a search page with fields. Links are present, within the search page, to searching help. Fields to select from include: (1) type (work form); (2) author; (3) title; (4) journal or conference; (5) location; (6) year; and (7) matches fields -- presentation type, number, format, sorting method. Resulting matches will vary according to result type. Browsing the database offers a list of databases within the site, organized hierarchically. Selecting a bibliography title reveals a query page with fields. Resulting matches can appear in citation of BibTeX form. Below the query page, users will find a list of subcategorized bibliographies for more specialized searching.
The site is sponsored by Informatics for Engineering and Science; the University of Karlsruhe; Germany.
To Search:
Select simple search, advanced search, or browse from top links. Follow onscreen links and fill out query page. Resulting matches will vary according to resulting form chosen within query page.

Networked Computer Science Technical Reports Library

The Networked Computer Science Technical Reports Library (NCSTRL) is an " collection of computer science technical reports from CS departments and industrial and government research labs, made available for non-commercial and educational use." The site primarily consists of reports from universities which offer doctorates within the fields of computer science and engineering.
At the top of the site, access is provided to further site information via the NCSTRL icon and to a participating institutions list via its noted link. Also given is access to the NCSTRL press package for data on the history and contents of the site. Within the main page, users can search NCSTRL via a fielded search form, a keyword field, or by browsing reports at participating institutions. Users selecting the first method will find a query page with the following fields: (1) author; (2) title; (3) abstract; (4) organization name; and (5) document identifier. Search results will be a list of document titles, provided with their report numbers, author names, and date of publication. Selecting a report title reveals its complete entry.
Users choosing to browse reports within the site will encounter an alphabetical list of institutions, each offering holdings viewed by author name or by year of publication. Users should scroll to view the institutions listing; selecting an author or year link reveals a list of report titles, each accompanied by a code number, author's name, and date of publication. Selecting a report title reveals the final entry: (1) title; (2) author; (3) report number; (4) publication date; (5) description; (6) link to view Postscript compressed version of file; and (7) link to view Postscript uncompressed version of file. Selecting a file version then reveals the complete text.
At the bottom of the site's main page are links for: (1) FAQ for potential participating institutions; (2) new data within NCSTRL; (4) e-mailing the site's creator; and (5) a list of documents related to NCSTRL. The site is maintained by Cornell University; Ithaca, New York.
To Search:
Select link of interest from search options; fill in query fields or select institution name. Select report title to view complete entry page. To view actual report, select Postscript download version.

On-line CS Techreports

On-line CS TechReports is a division of the homepage of Jim Blythe, a doctoral student in Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University. The site is an alphabetical directory to computer science technical reports which are available through WWW servers and sites. Entries reflect the sponsoring organization, institution, or server name, not the publication title. The directory features 389 sites for search possibilities.
Five links are offered at the top of the site. "E-mail creator" allows for user feedback concerning the site; "list of changes" produces a page of recent changes to the site. "Breakdown by country" produces an alphabetical list of countries; selecting a nation then reveals a list of report servers for that region. In all cases, titles are direct links to the WWW. "Search engines and related lists" reaccesses this site; "user add area for links" allows users to expand site holdings. Aside from these links, users will find an alpahbetical index; selecting a letter category allows for movement to a specific area of the master list of servers.
Within the main page is a keyword field for searching, as well as an alphabetical list of computer science technical report servers. Some servers are noted with specific report types; in all cases, titles are direct links to the WWW.
The site is maintained by Jim Blythe; Carnegie Mellon University (School of Computer Science); Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
To Search:
Use alphabetical index or search field to move directly to a portion of the site or to a particular server title. Or scroll through list of servers. Titles are direct links to the WWW.

QA 76.15 Dictionaries and Encyclopedias

Free On-line Dictionary of Computing

"FOLDOC is a searchable dictionary of acronyms, jargon, programming languages, tools, architecture, operating systems, networking theory, conventions, standards, mathematics, telecomms, electronics, institutions, companies, projects, products, [and] history ..." "The dictionary started in 1985 and now contains... [over 8600] definitions..."
"This dictionary is Copyright Denis Howe 1993, 1994, 1995."
To Search:
One may search for a term definition using the keyword index, select from a contents listing by subject area, or perform a full-text search of the terms or definition text.