IEEE Computer Society Digital Library Databases

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IEEE Computer Society Digital Library database provides access to 20 IEEE Computer Society Digital Library Computer Society magazines and over 900 selected conference proceedings, which includes citations, abstracts, and full-text reproductions of select documents.


This database may be accessed from the Electronic Resources Section of the Alvin Sherman Library website.


Choose the Advanced Search mode, from the tabs at the top of the blue portion. (To choose one of the other search modes, move your mouse over the the tabs toward the top of the screen selecting Author, Proceedings, CS Store Search or Community search.)

Use the input box to begin your search

Search For: - type in a phrase or question
Optional Parameters: - construct a search using the boolean operators AND, OR, or NOT
Date Range: - limit your search results by specific month and year
Sort by: - display results based upon relevancy, date or publication title

To construct an Advanced Search in IEEE Computer Society Digital Library

  • type your search term(s) in the first Search for box
  • click on Search to obtain a list of records

advanced search screen
Search screen

Search Results

Search results will vary. If you get:

  • No records matched your search, then check your spelling or the fields you searched in.
  • Too many, then go back and limit your search. Sometimes a search needs to be modified with: additional search words, searching only a specific field, adding date limitations, or type of materials.
  • Too few, then go back and expand your search. Consider synonyms for your search words or concepts. Try to use professional language or terminology.
  • Irrelevant results, then try new search terms. Consider synonyms or related concepts. Identify and search using descriptors. Try a different database.

Results lists

The Search Results screen displays items that matched your search terms. The Search Results shows

  • citations for items that matched your search
  • availability of full-text–indicated by the small icons to the left of the article titles:

  indicates a citation/abstract of the article.
  indicates an article in PDF format.

Your search results will not indicate if other databases contain the full-text of an article.

search results screen
Search results list


The information in the record, especially the title of the item and the summary, if available, will help you determine if you need the item.

To view the article or abstract select the appropriate link:

  • click on the PDF icon to view the article
  • click on the Abstract icon to view the article summary

For articles available in PDF format, Adobe Acrobat Reader software must be installed on the computer to view the document. Acrobat Reader allows the article to be viewed and printed exactly as it appeared in the original publication. This is free software, but is unsupported by NSU. It can be downloaded at

Managing Search Results

Databases typically allow you to manage your search results by utilizing the option below:

  • printing your search results list and/or specific records
  • saving your search results list and/or specific records–some databases may allow you to save your file for export into commercial bibliographic citation manager software, such as EndNote or ProCite

Not all search management features are available in all databases.


The “marking” feature is not available within this database.


To print an article, after it is displayed:

  • to print apdf file click on the Print Icon button in the Adobe Reader menu bar

    accessing the pdf file

Emailing an article is not provided as an option in this database.

However, if you would like to email an article to yourself from this database it is possible to open in an additional browser window. Then open an email program of your choice. Compose a message to yourself. Copy and paste the text of the article into your email message. By sending it to yourself or saving the message as a draft, you will then have a copy in your inbox.

Use your complete email address and include an optional note about what you are sending in the comment box.


To save a record

  • click on the PDF link from the results list

  • accessing the pdf file

  • save the article by selecting the print icon from the Adobe Reader menu

  • adode reader print icon

Search Tips

Use advanced search features to modify a search to obtain more successful search results. You can combine advanced search features to modify and improve your search. Advanced search features often include:

  • date
  • document and/or publication type and
  • Boolean operators

  • Phrase or proximity searching

    In IEEE Computer Society Digital Library, there are two ways to search for an exact phrase

    • if the phrase contains more than two words, put the phrase in double quotes, such as:
      "world wide web" or "English as a second language"

    • if the phrase contains two words, IEEE Computer Society Digital Library automatically searches the words as a phrase, such as: "higher education" or "curriculum development

    Field searching

    Field searching is available for this database. To field search, from the Advanced Search screen:

    • use the Appearing in: dropdown menu box that corresponds to the appropriate search box.
    • choose from Full Text to Exact Phrase

    field searching screen
    Selecting a field


    To limit a search to specific years

    • go to the date range section of the Advanced Search screen
      • select the desired years–and months, if needed–using the pull-down arrows

    date range screen
    Date Range option.

    Document type

    To specify a document type:

    • click on the tab at the top of the screen for Proceedings Search

    document type screen
    Proceedings Search tab.

    Boolean operators

    Use AND to narrow a search. AND looks for both terms in the same record.
    leadership and vision; mainstreaming and science

    Use OR to broaden a search. OR looks for either term in the same record.
    mainstreaming or inclusion; elementary education or secondary education

    Use NOT to eliminate records with a certain term.
    Saturn not car; Venus not planet


    Plurals and truncation are replaced with the "Fuzzy Match" option from the main Advanced Search screen radio buttons.
    Using the Fuzzy match returns results similar to your search. It is helpful if you are unsure of the spelling of your search item. As an example, entering "Gat" will return results closely matching those letters including, Bill Gates, gated, and so on.

    View of the Use feature from the IEEE Advanced Search screen.
    View of the Use feature from the IEEE Advanced Search screen.

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    Last updated: 04/22/2005