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Many of the articles you'll find helpful for Computer Science research fall in one of three types of publications.
Scholarly research journals - containing articles written by experts in the discipline (faculty members, graduate students, research professionals) for a scholarly audience. Often these articles provide in-depth theory behind an algorithm, programming language, or data strucure.
From on-campus, Google Scholar will automatically display "Find it at Preus Library" links if an article is available through one of our databases.
This same feature can be set up from off-campus using the following steps:
Visit a company's website to search for white papers and other documentation they may provide.
Look for "Search Preus Library and beyond" on the library's website.
A keyword search on your topic will likely include ebooks from one of the library's subscription collections.
The library's databases and online journal subscriptions are available in our catalog, and results will often link out directly to full-text articles.
In addition to Luther-held books and articles, Worldcat also returns results from thousands of libraries around the world.
If you find a citation to a promising article which isn't available in full-text, you can use Worldcat to quickly request an interlibrary loan!
Once your request has been fulfilled by another library, you'll receive an email and be able to download a PDF copy of the article.
During the period of remote instruction in Spring 2020, you may also submit ILL requests for Luther-held print articles and book chapters. Follow the same process listed above, and we will scan and deliver these requests electronically.
While you likely will not use articles from Wikipedia as direct sources in your research, it does have particularly good introductory coverage of many technology-related topics.
In addition to helping you form a basic understanding of a topic, most Wikipedia articles provide a list of references at the bottom - often including important scholarly research, trade information, and news! In many cases, these references will include links to full-text articles. If not, search in Worldcat to see if the library has access directly or through interlibrary loan.