Electronics and Computer Science: databases and indexes

To find the most useful sources for the subjects you will have to search in ECS, click on the following links:

  • key resources - the most important for finding journal articles, conference papers, etc.
  • recommended resources - can supplement the key databases in a particular areas
  • other resources - important for other material types (e.g. theses, datasets / technical information)

Search these for journal articles, conference papers, etc. (by keyword, author or other criteria) to find key research material. Most will only give details of the articles and an abstract, though some attempt to link to the full text. See the section of this subject page for more details on using databases and getting to the full text.

Key databases
Title Description Other Details
INSPEC (on Web of Knowledge) INSPEC is the key database for physics, electronics and electrical engineering, computers and control, and information technology. No password. Off-campus access with Institutional login 
Web of Science  Web of Science (ISI Citation Indexes) is a wide-ranging database. Online tutorials are available. No password. Off-campus access with Institutional login 
Compendex  Compendex is a large and interdisciplinary engineering information database. Online tutorials available. No password. Off-campus access * with Institutional login 
IEEE Xplore IEEEXplore contains the full text of all IET and IEEE journals and conferences since 1988 and all current IEEE standards. Off-campus access with Institutional login 
ACM Digital LIbrary Full text access to the Association of Computing Machineries journals and conferences - this includes all current content and in many cases a full backfile (to the 1950s in some cases). On-campus only
LNCS: Lecture Notes in Computer Science Original research results reported in proceedings and post-proceedings for new developments in computer science and information technology research and teaching, remain the core of LNCS. All volumes are now published simultaneously in print and electronic versions - the full text being available from 1975 to the present day. LNCS also includes the sub-series LNAI (in Artificial Intelligence) and LNBI (in Bio-informatics). On-campus only
Scirus  Scirus contains all Elsevier journals and various (mostly free) content. No password
Web Gateways (e.g. Intute) Small search engine with quality control for Engineering, Maths & Computing for UK Higher Education. Find more on the of the subject page No password

* Note Engineering Village when used off campus will have the default databases set to Compendex & Geobase.

Recommended for some research areas
Title Description Other Details
CSA Illumina  Many databases. The default link here is for CSA Computing and electronics specialities. Online tutorials available. No password. Off-campus access with Institutional login 
EspaceNet Access full text of UK & European patents. See the patents page for more details, and other similar resources. No password
Index to Theses

Covers theses from the UK and Ireland.

On-campus Only
ArXiv (E-Prints Archive) E-print service covering mathematics, physics, non-linear science and computer science. No password
Research Index (CiteSeer) Computer Science content with citation linking features similar to Web of Knowledge. No password
Soton ePrints service The University of Southampton's Research Repository. No password
Other recommended resources
Title Description Other Details
British Standards Online Access full text of current British Standards (and some International / European equivalents e.g. ISO and IEC). Also see the standards page for more details, and other similar resources. Online tutorials available.

See Terms & Conditions for printing and copying.
No password (on-campus only
Copac Search the catalogues of the major UK university research libraries (also the British Library). No password
Engineering Sciences Data Unit A Key engineering dataset, containing engineering methods and data. No password (On-campus only)
OAIster Search hundred of eprint/preprint servers (including ePrints Soton and other University servers). These often include articles not yet peer-reviewed/published and articles made freely available by the author. No password
Zetoc British Library Current Awareness Service - can have tables of contents from key journals and articles matching author / title keywords emailed to yourself. Institutional login for off campus use and alerts
Science Citation Index  Part of the Web of Knowledge database. Cited References (1970– ), Author Abstracts available from 1991. No password. Off-campus access with Institutional login
Journal Citation Reports  Part of the Web of Knowledge database. Contains data from roughly 6,000 journals in the areas of science and technology. No password. Off-campus access with Institutional login 
Conference Proceedings Citation Index Part of the Web of Knowledge database. Indexes the published literature of the most significant conferences, symposia, seminars, colloquia workshops and conventions in a wide range of disciplines in science and technology. No password. Off-campus access with Institutional login
Biotechnology and bioengineering abstracts  No password. Off campus access with Institutional login 

See also the of bibliographic databases.