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Computer science & software engineering handbooks, encyclopedias, dictionaries

The list below is a selection of the more important sources of information on Computer Science and Software Engineering available at Concordia Library. It includes material held in the Webster Library (WEB) on the Sir George Williams Downtown Campus, the Vanier Library (VAN) on the Loyola Campus and/or available online. Most materials are located in the Reference area (REF). This is not a complete list. Additional resources may be found by searching CLUES, the library catalogue.



Handbooks: Handbooks can provide both background and detailed technical information. Diagrams, formulas, algorithms, specifications, charts, tables, and statistics are featured in handbooks. A handbook’s index provides easy access to its contents.


Algorithms and theoretical computer science

Artificial intelligence and robotics

Communications, telecommunications, networks

Data and database management

Graphics and multimedia

Human-computer interaction

Information systems

Internet and World Wide Web

Mathematics and logic

Programming and software engineering

Security & encryption

Visual computing and pattern recognition


These resources enable you to identify articles from periodicals (journals) and conferences. They generally provide author and subject indexes, and some also have a classification system. Some databases provide access to online full-text articles, while other provide citations to the articles. Article citations contain the name of the periodical or conference, as well as the date of publication, volume, issue and page numbers. In order to locate a periodical, check CLUES under Journal Title to see if the periodical is available at Concordia. To locate a conference, do a Word search in CLUES using words from the conference name. Periodicals and conferences that are not available at Concordia may be requested through Inter-Library Loan.

For more details on locating articles and using indexes consult the How to Find Articles page.

  • Academic Search Complete:
    A large, multi-disciplinary database that covers popular magazines and research journals. Some journals have fulltext access to articles.
  • ACM Digital Library:
    Covers the publications of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) in a wide range of subjects including software engineering, networking, wireless communications, and information technology. ACM Digital Library provides online fulltext access to articles from ACM publications.
  • Compendex:
    Comprehensive international index with abstracts covering all engineering disciplines
  • Computing Reviews:
    Provides reviews of books and journal articles in all areas of Computer Science.
  • IEEE Xplore:
    Covers journals, conference proceedings, and standards of the IEEE, a major publisher in the fields of computing and electrical engineering. Also covers publications of the British-based IEE.
    Citations with abstracts to literature in physics, electrical engineering, electronics and computing and information technology. Includes technical journals, conference proceedings, books and reports. Contains Physics Abstracts, Electrical and Electronics Abstracts and Computer and Control Abstracts. Updated quarterly.
  • MathSciNet:
    Citations to literature in mathematics, statistics and computer science from over 1,700 journals.
  • ProQuest Business Databases:
    ProQuest is a multidisciplinary database that includes online full-text articles from a variety of trade and industry magazines.
  • Web of Science:
    A multidisciplinary database that indexes leading journals in computer science. It is also a citation database that shows how often articles are cited.

If you are unable to locate the information you need, consult a Reference Librarian. The index or database you have chosen may not be the best source for your topic. There may be other resources or databases which are available, or are more appropriate, for the work you are doing and have not been listed above.

Directories and guides

Guides provide an overview of the important resources in a discipline. Directories are lists of people, organizations, companies or products.


Most standards are located in the first row of shelves in the Webster Library Reference area, filed by the name of the society or company which produces them. Some standards are listed in CLUES but many are not. Examples of some of major standard producing organizations are:

  • Canadian Standards Association (CSA)
  • American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM)
  • American National Standards Institute (ANSI)
  • IEEE Standards Software Engineering
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