This video will demonstrate how to find resources in the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) Digital Library


This video will demonstrate how to find resources in the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) Digital Library.  The NSU library subscribes to expanded content for the ACM Digital Library, which provides resources beyond those available under standard ACM membership access. These resources include over 400,000 full-text articles and almost 2.5 million bibliographic records covering the fields of computing and information technology. The full-text content includes the complete collection of ACM’s publications, including journals, conference proceedings, magazines, newsletters, and multimedia titles.

To begin, you will first navigate to the ACM Digital Library Advanced Search by clicking on the Advanced Search link at the top of the NSU ACM Digital Library subscription home page. From this point, you can either limit your search to only the full-text ACM content by selecting “The ACM Full-Text Collection” link, which is the default, or expanding your search by clicking the drop-down and selecting the “The ACM Guide to Computing Literature.”  In this example, we will change it to The ACM Guide to Computing Literature.

To demonstrate, we will search for resources on mobile apps. Enter the phrase “mobile apps” in the search field. Quotation marks must be used in order for the database to understand that we are looking for results with the complete phrase mobile apps, and not the words mobile AND apps. When we search for the phrase in quotes, we receive less results, but all of them contain the phrase.

To narrow down the search further, you can also use the drop down menu titled “Where” to limit your search for articles by a number of different criteria, including just the title or author affiliation. You can add additional terms that must be present in an article or article record to narrow your results by clicking the “+” sign to the right of the search box. For example, if you have the term “mobile apps” on the first search line and add the term “Apple” in the second search line, your results will be more narrowed and focused.

You can sort your list of results by selecting the “sort by” drop down at the top right of the results page. By default, your results will be ordered by relevance based on the number of times your search terms appeared within the results from highest to lowest. You can also order your results by publication date, by citation count, or by how many times the results have been downloaded. This can help you stay current on hot topics and find seminal studies that are heavily used by other researchers.

Full-text ACM content is designated by a blue ACM diamond icon next to the publication title. Titles that are indexed and not available in full text can often be obtained from our other NSU library collections by using the NSU Library’s Full Text Finder and searching by publication title or by ordering the item through Interlibrary Loan.

This concludes our video on how to search for resources in the ACM Digital Library.   Remember to use additional databases to find more information on your topic. If you have any questions, feel free to ask a librarian!