Database of the Month: ACM Digital Library

ACM Digital Library, published by the Association for Computing Machinery, is a comprehensive collection of full-text articles and citations covering the fields of computing and information technology. A noteworthy strength of this database is full-text access to conference papers containing emerging research within the ACM’s special interest groups (SIGs).

This database is particularly useful for those pursuing research in the areas of computer science and/or Human Factors Information Design.

Our subscription includes:

  •  The Full-Text collection of all ACM publications, including journals, conference proceedings, technical magazines, newsletters and books, and a select collection of ACM DL logoother computing publications.
  • ACM Guide to Computing Literature, including a comprehensive bibliography of citations.
  • ACM Author and Institutional Profile Pages, which include bibliographic and bibliometric data for over 1.5 million authors, and every academic, government, and industry organization publishing articles in the field.

Search, Retrieval and Export

Browsing options are available on the main page, including a page containing names and descriptions of each SIG. Each interest group focuses on a specific area of computer science research; the searcher with a specific area of interest may wish to click a group name to narrow his/her search to a particular group.

Basic and Advanced searches are also provided. Advanced searching enables the user to join keywords or phrases to form a tailored search. Both the Basic and the Advanced searches allow the user to refine the result set by author, institution, conference name, date, publication name, and more.

Several options for exporting citations are available, including Endnote and CSV.

Personal Web Account

Sign up for a free Web account to save searches. Using the My Binder feature (available after login), the user can compile a bibliography of citations from the database.

Database Help

Visit the Training & Resources page to schedule an online training session, watch videos, set up RSS alerts for Tables of Contents, and more.

Connect to this Database

Please visit the ACM Digital Library page to start your research. ACM also provides a mobile app for Android, Apple iOS, and Windows phones, available in the app store for the specific device.


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