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Computer Science: Databases & Resources

Research guide for computer science students

Welcome to the Cañada College Library, the Peninsula Library System and the latest resources in computer science

monitor with graduation capThe Cañada College Library supports students in their studies and research. The library is open every day except Sunday and computers don't require you to log in and have no time limit. Librarians are always available to help you find articles and materials for your papers and projects. To access our hundreds of databases at home or another location, you will need a library card from any of the 35 libraries in the Peninsula Library System. Fill out this application form and bring it to the library's Circulation Desk with a California or Cañada College student ID to open your library account. We hope you find the links to databases where you will find articles and books on computer science and technology useful.

Access databases off-campus with a library card

A library card from any of the 35 Peninsula Library System libraries, which includes all 32 public libraries in San Mateo County as well as the three college libraries, will give you off-campus access to college library resources.

Don't have a library card? Come to the library Circulation Desk with a student ID or California Driver's License to fill out a form for a library account.

Super Search

Connect to Google Scholar

Google Scholar is a version of Google that searches for academic articles. If you use Google Scholar on one of our library computers, you will be able to find full-text articles in our databases. If you are off-campus, you'll need to log in to Cañada College Library databases to access the articles. Finding articles is often easier using Google Scholar.

Connect Google Scholar to Cañada College and College of San Mateo databases by following these steps. 

  1. Find Settings in the menu, the three bars in the upper left-hand side of the page.
  2. Choose Library Links from the list on the left.
  3. Search for Cañada College and College of San Mateo.
  4. Click the Save button.

AccessScience database

AccessScience contains thousands of articles and access to hundred of journals on computer science, programming, software design, information storage and more. This is where you would find publications of the associations listed on left-hand side of this page like ACM and IEEE from ACM Computing Surveys to Ziff Davis Smart Business.

Safari Tech Books Online: the latest technology books

SafariBooks offers you access to the most up-to-date computer science books and publications.

Science in Context database

In the Science in Context database, you will see eight boxes of topics, including Math, Engineering and Technology, which includes computers, computer animation, computer assisted instruction, computer security, and computer storage. The Physics and Astronomy category also includes computers.

How to read and understand a scientific journal article

This article, How to Read and Understand a Scientific Article: A Guide for Nonscientists by Jennifer Raff, a University of Kansas assistant professor, breaks down and explains sections of academic articles like abstracts and conclusions.