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ACM Digital Library Database Guide: Searching

Searching the ACM Digital Library

The ACM Digital Library allows you to perform a basic search using the search bar at the top right of the home page. To perform a search, enter your search terms and click SEARCH. Remember to use appropriate searching strategies for databses. If you need help you can use the Basic Searching guide or contact a reference librarian for assistance. 

If you aren't sure what your topic is an want to browse the collection for ideas you can use one of the multiple browse options. The library does not subscribe to the ACM Books collection. 

A great resource for topic ideas is the ACM Computing Surveys. These surveys cover the literature in an area and will provide you with a starting point for your research. To access the ACM  Computing Surveys, click JOURNALS/TRANSACTIONS under the BROWSE PUBLICATIONS menu.The first result should be CSUR The ACM Computing Surveys.  

Here you can see a graphic representation of the most popular research topics. The larger the topic name the more research is being published in that area. From the example below "Organizations" is currently a hot topic.

You can also browse the top 10 articles downloaded by other researches over the past six weeks to get an idea of what researchers are interested in. In the example below we can see the first article has been downloaded over 430 times. You could also click the TOP 10 MOST CITED tab to see what articles have researches been citing in their articles.