what is it? how to search it?

W&L has subscriptions to a goodly array of journals in Math and Computer Science, but it's my impression that they aren't much used by students --partly because some are pretty abstruse, but also because there's not much connection between their contents and W&L's curriculum. Math and CS students don't usually do 'research' papers. So let's look at what our resources are (presently all these journals are located in Leyburn Library, though they'll be relocated to the Science Library in summer '97):

Now: how can we **access** what's in these journals? That's partly a
matter of where they are **indexed**, and secondarily how the indexes
can be searched. We have several tools that may be useful:

- PAO (Periodical Abstracts Online), for the more 'mass-market' journals
- UnCover
- FirstSearch (under 'Engineering and Technology')
A quick search in 3 for
**compiler**will give you some idea of what you can expect from each.Here are some details on searching the 3 databases:

And Academic Press does the same.

There is one print tool that you should be aware of: **Mathematical
Reviews** publishes guides to most of the significant scholarly work in
Math and related fields, and has an **annual subject index** which is
actually usable and useful. You'll find this on LL1 in Leyburn. Here's
a link to the AMS
Mathematical Subject Classification, including links to sites with
"electronic journals, preprints, Web sites and pages".

**Mathematical Reviews** does have a section on 'Computer Science',
and another on 'Computer aspects of numerical algorithms'. Difficult to
know how exhaustive this is as a representation of computer science
literature.

Some important web resources:

- Mathweb from American
Mathematical Society
- MathSciNet is the future of
access to the mathemetical literature, since
it makes it possible to SEARCH Mathematical Reviews.
- links to
math journals with Internet sites
- Society for Industrial and Applied Math
- Collection of Computer Science Bibliographies allows keyword searching
- History of Mathematics maintained by David Joyce
- Math Archives
- and a collection of mathjokes (with some allusions to computer science, etc.)

- WAIS databases on computer subjects (you can select from a list of some 200+ locations/databases, including quite a few USENET archives, and do keyword searches)
- ACM SIGMOD Information Server
(Special Interest Group on Management of Data)
(Incidentally, a search in AltaVista for

**"acm sig*"**yields more than 7000 hits. The SIGs are certainly a jungle, but some have searchable archives, and each constitutes a community of like-minded geeks) - Overview of Artificial Intelligence
- IEEE Journals
- I am continually amazed at the powers of AltaVista as a means to find web occurrences of obscure subjects. The advanced searching tools (wildcards and so on) make it feasible to do some pretty elaborate searching, though there's almost always a lot of garbage to sort through to find the pearls. That's true of traditional paper literature too, of course.
- And I
haven't even mentioned the
**comp.xxx**area of USENET, since it seems so obvious a source of (mis?)information. The great advantage is that you can pose questions and expect to get answers. Some of them will be correct/useful/etc...