Software Engineering: Find articles and papers

Some key databases

Not find what you need?

Browse the database subject list - try Software Engineering, Computer Science, Information Systems or Engineering.

You could also search a multidisciplinary database - for example Scopus, SpringerLink or Web of Science

Need to find scholarly works?

It is important to evaluate the articles/papers you find to make sure they are of a high quality. Sometimes you will be asked to use peer reviewed journal articles. See the following video and brief "How to" guide for help.

Find articles, papers and other publications by searching:

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Library databases -  search tools that index literature such as articles, papers, reports, books chapters and more. Find full text material, or the reference and abstract only.

Is the article peer reviewed? See the guide How to find peer reviewed journal articles (2 p.)

Find journals

Type the journal title into the Library Catalogue search box and select the Title option.

Refine result list by selecting 'more' under "Format' to journals only

Here are a few in the collection:

Search tips

Make a list of key concepts that relate to your topic

Make a list of alternative keywords

Combine these keywords using the search connectors OR, AND

  • OR: combines similar keywords
  • AND: combines different concepts

Use this symbol * to find word variations e.g. network* finds network, networked, networks, networking...

Search example:  computer engineering OR software engineering
system architecture

For more help try some of the short Library guides below: