The top list of computer science research databases

Beside the interdisciplinary research databases Web of Science and Scopus there are also academic databases specifically dedicated to computer science. We have compiled a list of the top 5 research databases with special focus on computer science to help you find research papers, scholarly articles and conference papers fast.

1. ACM Digital Library

ACM Digital Library is the clear number one when it comes to academic databases for computer science. The ACM Full-Text Collection currently has 540,000+ articles, while the ACM Guide to Computing Literature holds more than 2.8+ million bibliographic entries.

  • Coverage: 2.8+ million articles
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ACM Digital Library: more than 2.8 million articles covering computing and information technology

2. IEEE Xplore Digital Library

IEEE Xplore holds more than 4.7 million research articles from the fields of electrical engineering, computer science, and electronics. It not only covers articles published in scholarly journals, but also conference papers, technical standards, as well as some books.

  • Coverage: 4.7+ million articles
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IEEE Xplore: more than 4.7 million articles in computer science and related fields

3. dblp computer science bibliography

Hosted at the University of Trier, Germany, dbpl has become an indispensable resource in the field of computer science. It's index covers journal articles, conference and workshop proceedings, as well as monographs.

  • Coverage: 4.3 million articles
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dbpl: bibliographic information for more than 4.3 million entries in the field of computer science

4. Microsoft Academic

Microsoft Academic is an academic search engine rather than a research database. It let's you filter results by the field of study, and it has currently indexed more than 13.9 million articles for computer science.

  • Coverage: approx. 13.9 million articles
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5. Springer Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS)

Springer's Lecture Notes in Computer Science is the number one publishing source for conference proceedings covering all areas of computer science.

  • Coverage: 415,000+ articles
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Springer LNCS: access to more than 400,000 conference papers