Resources for Computing Undergraduates  

Getting Started

New: Find it Faster

To access relevant information for your course:

  1. Start at the Library Catalogue and choose Title Search from the dropdown menu.
  2. Input your Course Code e.g. DT228
  3. Choose from the list of links to e-dissertations, exam papers, dissertation lists or program documents.




  • So why use eJournals? Journals contain peer reviewed academic research which is not found in textbooks. Information is published on a monthly or weekly basis and consists of breakthroughs and reports on current research.
  • The DIT Library computing ejournals can be searched by journal title or subject. Or search the entire journal collection including hardcopy titles on the Library Catalogue using Journal Title Search. Click on a title to open the fulltext or use the Kevin St Library guide Finding fulltext journal articles


  • Browse via the eBook link: most of the computing titles are located in NetLibraryOr search for a specific etextbook on the Library Catalogue.

Subject Links

Kevin St Guides to Project Resources

Download and use these guides to help you get started with an assignment or project

Assignment & Information Skills Resources

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Final year


Subject Databases for Computing

Why use these as opposed to google or other search engines? Subject databases index current scholarly research on various topics published in thousands of academic journals and are the ideal way to find out what’s new in your subject. You may need to use several to locate the information you need as no single database indexes every journal publication.

Academic Search Complete

IEEE Xplore Digital Library

Royal Society Archive
ACM Digital Library* MathSci Net Science Direct
Standards: IS,ISO,EN  IOP Science Web of Science
Try the following Kevin St Library Guides to get started:
  1. Databases and effective search strategies 

  2. Finding fulltext journal articles

NB Please note the ACM Digital Library subscription provides full-text access to ACM journals, and transactions, but not to ACM conference proceedings. See the Back Up Resources section below for more information.

Search Engines


What does Summon search? Summon is a search engine that provides relevance ranked results from DIT Library's online collections in a one single search. It includes records and citations from the DIT Library's databases, eJournals eBooks and theses collections.

Summon and Google Scholar search different bodies of scholarly content. There is overlap, but there is content in Summon not in Google Scholar, and vice-versa. Results in Summon are reflective of DIT Library's collections — as a DIT Library patron, you have access to most full-text you can find in Summon.

Google Scholar

Some features unique to Google Scholar:

  • Cited by information e.g. “Cited by 43 publications"
  • Google Books content
  • Issues accessing full-text not subscribed to by DIT Library. See Inter Library Loans for more information.
  • Set your Google Scholar Preferences to Dublin Institute of Technology Find @DIT to link to DIT subscribed full-text.
  • For more information see the Kevin St Library guide How to use Google Scholar

Science Search Engines

Citing Your Sources

Citing and referencing the information sources used in research is essential to avoid plagiarism. See the Kevin St Library Referencing and citing guide for introduction purposes. Another useful link is How to Avoid Plagiarism. Each subject has it's own citation style so check with a School of Computing course co-ordinator if in doubt. See also the Harvard Referencing Guide (DIT Library Kevin St))

Journal Abbreviations

Abbreviated journal titles may be required depending on the citation style used. Some useful tools which 'translate' the full journal title into the abbreviated version are:

    1. All that JAS
    2. Web of Science Journals

Bibliographic citation software

Various freeware options can be used to manage, cite and store your citations:
    1. Endnote Basic
    2. Zotero
    3. ReadCube
    4. REFolution
    5. ColWiz
    6. CiteThisForMe

Back Up Resources

 If you need additional resources see Using Other Libraries and Inter Library Loans for further options.


Information Literacy: Julie de Foubert
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