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Computer science: Journal articles

A guide to finding information in mathematics and statistics. Includes links to key resources and sources of help.

Outline of a person holding a pile of blue volumes on a trayJournal articles are usually short papers on specific topics. They are published in issues or parts of journals (also called periodicals) which appear regularly. Use articles to find:

  • up-to-date research in your subject
  • reviews of developments in your subject - these review articles include extensive lists of references

Finding journal articles

Search the Summon discovery service using the box below to find full-text journal articles available via the Library. Search using topic topic words or for a specific article title.

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Search databases covering your subject

Alternatively try the subject-related databases listed below. They will give you references to journal articles - they may also give you the full-text of the article, or at least link you to the full-text if it is available online.

Subject specific databases

The following may include the full text of the articles or just provide the reference to articles on a particular topic.

Getting articles not held at Reading

Map of the south of the UKOur Inter-Library Loans service can get articles not held at Reading from other libraries (usually from the British Library).

For more information see our webpages:

Video: finding a journal article from a reference

This video will show you how to find out if the Library has access to a specific article - online or in print.

Citation example in the IEEE style

A. D. Ames, "Human-Inspired Control of Bipedal Walking Robots," Automatic Control, IEEE Transactions on, vol. 59, pp. 1115-1130, 2014.


If you are having difficulties accessing articles via Summon or one of our databases see the links below.

If there is a problem with a Library e-resource please fill in a problem report form.

Video: discovering online articles and chapters with Summon

Search ScienceDirect

If you are off-campus you will need to login to view the full-text of any of your results. Once viewing your results click on the Sign-in option at the top of the screen, select 'Other institution login', search for 'Reading' and login using your University username and password.

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