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Computer Science

Resources for undergraduate and postgraduate Computing, Cyber Security, Data Science, Software Engineering, and Web Development

Getting Started

Welcome to your Subject Guide, where you'll find tailored guidance and advice on key library resources.


Cite Them Right - IEEE Online Referencing Guidance

Essential Resources

Library subscriptions: free with your Roehampton login. 

Academic Texts: Search these databases to find journal articles, book chapters and other research papers in your subject. Most provide the full PDF text, but sometimes there may be just brief details (citation and abstract) of the articles. Click on Search for FullText@Roehampton to see if you can access the full text via our subscriptions;  if not, you can usually order it free via Interlibrary Loan.  

 ACM Digital Library, IEEE and O'Reilly are the specialist databases for computer science.

Current Newspapers and Magazines

PressReader is great for computing magazines and daily newspapers.
You can also access the past archives of several titles - find them via our A-Z Database list. 

Open Access resources

Open Access materials are free to anyone, but checked for academic integrity, so you can trust the content. You can see a filtered list of Computing-related open access resources on our A-Z Database Guide

Referencing and RefWorks

It is vital to acknowledge all the sources used in your assignments and cite them correctly, to avoid the risk of plagiarism. Computer Science programmes at Roehampton use the IEEE referencing style. You can use Cite them Right to check how to reference each item, and use RefWorks to store and manage your references. Full guidance can be found via the links below.

Writing Reports

See this guide on the Learning Skills Hub on Moodle for how to write computer science reports (you will need your Roehampton login to access).

For further advice and guidance for your assignments, visit the Library's Online Study Toolkit. 

Research methods

Free to all on the web, but checked for academic integrity, so you can trust the content.

Resources for Gaming

Inter Library Loans

The Inter Library Loan (ILL) service gives students and staff the option of requesting books, book chapters and journals articles when we do not have them in the Library collection. The items are borrowed from the British Library and U.K. and Ireland institutions and are supplied for free.   

Inter Library Loans are not available for Alumni or our partner institutions. 

You can also check the availability for the item in academic libraries near you on Jisc Library Hub Discover; it may be faster to visit another London academic library through the SCONUL scheme.  


Inter Library Loan FAQs

What are Inter Library Loans?

How to I request an Inter Library Loan?

Where to collect my Inter Library Loan?

Returning an Inter Library Loan

How to renew Inter Library Loans?

Cancelling a request for an Inter Library Loan

Can I request a Theses via Inter Library Loan?

Using other Libraries


SCONUL Access is a scheme which allows many university library users to borrow or use books and journals at other UK academic libraries which belong to the scheme, or just the convenience of studying in a library closer to your home. It's completely free to join, find how more information here:

What is SCONUL and how can I apply?

The British Library 

The British Library at St Pancras, London is a national research library. It does not lend books nor does it aim to stock multiple copies of basic text books. If your research needs are not fulfilled by other libraries, see the British Library catalogue and Reader Registration. For more information about getting a Reader Pass, please see the British Library website. 

Specialist libraries 

There are many specialist libraries in London that may be of use to your studies. General advice for access: 

  • Telephone or email first as you may have to make an appointment to see the collection. 
  • Tell the librarian what you have already found and be specific about what you still need. 
  • Record all the bibliographic details of any material you use as you may not be able to recheck them.   

Other Catalogues 

  • Jisc Library Hub Discover is a national Library catalogue that accesses the catalogues of many of the largest UK and Ireland university libraries. 

  • London Libraries allows searches and provides information on special collections. 

  • ULRLS is the catalogue of the University of London Research Library Services. 

eduroam WiFi network

eduroam is a free WiFi network that allows students, researchers and staff to securely access the internet when visiting other participating institutions. See here for further details on setting up eduroam access for your visits to other institutions.