Journals & Databases
These collections provide instant access to scholarly research, journal articles and book reviews. They may be accessed 24/7 and each collection has its own help and guidance on the home page.
Key Journal Collections
- IEEE Xplore is a digital library providing full text access to the world’s highest quality technical literature in electrical engineering, computer science, electronics, and related disciplines. You might find this short video on searching with IEEE Xplore useful.
- International Journal of Distributed Systems and Technologies is a journal that focuses on integration techniques, methods, and tools employed in applied distributed computing systems, architectures, and technologies.
Additional Journal Collections
- Academic Search Premier is a multi-disciplinary database which offers full text access to a vast range of scholarly journals.
- Box of Broadcasts is an on demand TV and radio service for education. The academically-focused system enables you to record programmes from over 65 free-to-air channels, and search an extensive archive. Box of Broadcasts is intuitive and easy to use, so you may find you can start straight away. However, if you need a bit of help, take a look at the video tutorials.
- Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) is an online directory that indexes and provides access to high quality, open access, peer-reviewed journals.
- Emerald is a long established publisher in the fields of management, information science and engineering. Learn the basics of searching Emerald in this handy tutorial.
- ScienceDirect is a leading full-text scientific database offering journal articles and book chapters from more than 2,500 journals and almost 20,000 books.
- Web of Science is a comprehensive research platform, including journal articles, patents, websites, conference proceedings and Open Access material.
Newspapers can be a useful way of keeping up to date with current affairs or recent events. Daily newspapers can be found in Catalyst, in the area underneath the main staircase. The last 30 days’ worth are kept on the second floor in the Journals collection. Newspaper archives usually contain issues which are less recent and which are useful for finding articles of a more historical interest.
- Daily Mail Historical Archive 1896-2004. It contains news stories and images that capture 20th century culture and society. Offers full page and article images with searchable full text back to the first issue. Useful for historical research.
- Guardian and Observer Digital Archive contains every issue of The Guardian from 1821 to 2003 and of The Observer between 1791 and 2003. You can search by keyword or by keyword and date; each story is an exact reproduction of the original.
- Infotrac Newsstand contains articles from over 2300 newspapers from around the world. These include major British newspapers, as well as US and Australian titles. It also has thousands of images, radio and TV broadcasts and transcripts.
- LexisNexis contains over 650 regional and national UK newspapers from 1982 to the present. It is possible to limit your search to either national or regional titles, or you can search the whole of the newspaper database.
- Times Digital Archive contains every issue of The Times from 1785 to 1985. You can search by keyword or for a particular issue and each story appears as it looks in the original copy of the newspaper.
- BCS – The Chartered Institute for IT champions the IT profession.
- Federation Against Software Theft and Investors in Software work together to provide advice and examples of best practice for software asset management and achieving licence compliance.
- Information Commissioner’s Office is the UK’s independent public body set up to uphold information rights in the public interest, promoting openness by public bodies and data privacy for individuals.
- Mashable is a leading source for news, information and resources for the Connected Generation. Mashable reports on the importance of digital innovation and how it affects people around the world.
- WhatIs.com is useful free encyclopaedia of IT terms including over 7,500 definitions as well as topical fast references, cheat sheets and quizzes.
- ZDNet brings together the reach of global and the depth of local, delivering 24/7 news coverage and analysis on the trends, technologies and opportunities that matter to IT professionals and decision makers.
Catalyst has several workstations that contain specialist software for Computer Science students and that can be booked for between 1 and 3 hours. The available software includes: