Course Guides
Introduction to Computers (ECS 015)

2013 W/Sp/Fa

Guide to doing library research for the research paper assignment in ECS 015, "Introduction to Computers."

Librarian Subject Specialist

Phoebe Ayers

Background Information

Find articles on your topic by searching in a database. There are different databases for doing research in various subject areas.

For databases in a specific subject area, go to the list of subject guides, below.

Choose the subject that matches your topic, then look for databases under "articles."

For help doing research, stop by any library reference desk or click the "ask for help" button in the upper-right hand corner!

Subject Guide

Find a subject guide for your field to identify additional databases and resources. For instance, if you are writing a biology topic, try the "biology" subject guide. For more computer science resources, see the computer science subject guide:
Subject Guides (
Use the Subject Guides to identify additional databases to search for information on your topic.


To find articles, search in an article database. The databases listed below are good places to begin for doing research in computer science.
Academic Search Complete [via EBSCO] ( [Restricted] VPN
Academic Search Complete (ASC) provides coverage of multidisciplinary, full-text academic journals to support scholarly research in all areas of the arts, humanities and the social, life and physical sciences. The database includes the full-text articles from 9,100 journals, with an additional 13,690 journals indexed and abstracted. Searches can be restricted to peer-reviewed articles.
Coverage: 1887-present
Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) Digital Library ( [Restricted] VPN
Searchable index to Association for Computing Machinery articles and conference proceedings, and selected affiliated organizations, with links to the full-text articles and conference papers
Coverage: 1954-present for Journals and Magazines, 1985 -present for Proceedings
INSPEC [via Web of Science] ( [Restricted] VPN
Citations from scholarly journals, conference proceedings, books, reports, and dissertations in physics, electrical engineering and electronics, computers and control, and information technology.
Coverage: 1898-present
Web of Science Core Collection [via Web of Science] ( [Restricted] VPN

Provides access to the content from SEVEN CITATIONS INDEXES and two chemical indexes. Web of Science Core Collection -- Citation Indexes and years of coverage: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED) --1900-present; Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI) --1900-present; Arts & Humanities Citation Index (A&HCI) --1975-present; Conference Proceedings Citation Index- Science (CPCI-S) --1990-present; Conference Proceedings Citation Index- Social Science & Humanities (CPCI-SSH) --1990-present; Book Citation Index– Science (BKCI-S) --2005-present; Book Citation Index– Social Sciences & Humanities (BKCI-SSH) --2005-present

Web of Science Core Collection -- Chemical Indexes and their coverage: Current Chemical Reactions (CCR-EXPANDED) --1985-present; (Includes Institut National de la Propriete Industrielle structure data back to 1840) Index Chemicus (IC) --1993-present

Coverage: See above description (varies between 9 indexes)

Library Catalogs

Use the library catalog to find books and to find out whether UC Davis subscribes to a journal.
Harvest UC Davis Catalog (
Harvest is the UCD library online catalog of the collections of all five UC Davis General Libraries. It does not include the holdings of the Law Library. If you log in (My Account) using your library card number and PIN, you can renew books online, and request items that have been checked out to another borrower, or are in storage.
Melvyl: The Catalog of the University of California Libraries (
The Melvyl catalog contains records for materials held by the libraries of the ten UC campuses, the California State Library, Hastings College of the Law, the California Academy of Sciences, the California Historical Society, the Center for Research Libraries, the Graduate Theological Union, and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. All publication dates are included. The database contains over 23,000,000 records, and most campuses update their holdings on a weekly basis.

Reference Books

Concise Encyclopedia of Computer Science
Location: Shields Library QA76.15 C654 2004
How Computers Work
Author: White, Ron.
Que Press, 2008
Location: Shields Library QA76.5 W488 2008

Connect From Off-Campus

VPN (virtual private network) (
Use the VPN to connect to library databases and online journal subscriptions from off campus.
  • VPN video (