Tips for Using CSDL

Put Math Formulas to Use with CSDL

Want to put an equation you see in an IEEE Computer Society paper to use right away? It's now easier than ever in the IEEE Computer Society Digital Library. 

The new Clickable Math feature in CSDL allows you to quickly and easily "grab" the math from any HTML version of a Computer Society paper.

Here's how it works: When you see an equation in CSDL, you'll notice that it stands out from the rest of the text of the paper.  It will appear larger and bolder, and your cursor will change shape when you mouse over it.

Just click on the equation and a small window will pop up with the TeX math.  After that, you can copy the math and paste it into any application, where it's ready to be put to work!

Search CSDL Directly from Your Website With Our New Direct Search Box

Start your CSDL search by entering your search term directly from your own web page or site.  After entering your term, the search box will take you to the basic search results page in the CSDL.  All you need to do to implement your own search box is simple cut and paste a small piece of html code.  Libraries or any individual CSDL user may take advantage of this new tool.  Learn more.        

PrePrints and RapidPosts: The Newest Information, Faster

Looking for the latest research?  All IEEE Computer Society periodicals post articles online immediately after they have been accepted, well in advance of their print publication.

PrePrints - PrePrints are papers accepted for publication in a future issue, but have not been fully edited.  Their content may change prior to final publication.

RapidPosts - Rapidposts are articles that have been accepted for inclusion in a future issue.  Content is final as presented, with the exception of pagination.

Papers in each of the categories come with abstracts and all other bibliographic information, and are ready to be used and cited in any context.

As an example, let's take a look at IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics in the IEEE Computer Society Digital Library.  In addition to links to each year and volume of the journal, you will also see a link for Online articles.  Here, you can find and access PrePrints and RapidPosts articles that have been accepted for publication but not yet assigned or paginated for a particular issue.  CSDL is providing you with access to the latest research faster.

Three Ways to Search Computer Society Conference Publications

Looking for the latest research from IEEE Computer Society conference publications? Now there are three ways to search and browse conference content in the Computer Society Digital Library (CSDL).

  1. Browse Alphabetically - The CSDL lets you browse alphabetical lists of all CS conferences, sorted by their well-known acronyms. If you're looking for the ASCAC conference, just click on the letter A. Once you find the conference you're looking for, click on the acronym to see a list of all available proceedings from that event.
  2. Search by Full Text, Title or Author - The proceedings search in the CSDL has been enhanced to offer greater functionality and more ways to find the content you're looking for. You can search by paper title, conference name or acronym, keyword or author, or even the full text. Search results let you read abstracts, find similar papers, or read or purchase access to the paper.

Browse Authors in CSDL with One Click

Looking for all of the IEEE Computer Society papers by a given author?  Now you can find them with a single click.

Any time you find an author listed in the CSDL, you'll see that their name is hyperlinked.  Just click on the link and a new window will open, listing every paper by that author in the entire library.

The author's list will present titles, sources, and abbreviated abstracts for each paper.  Results include journal and magazine articles, as well as conference proceedings.  From this list, you can view more detailed abstracts, access the article if you have access rights, or purchase access to each article.

Don't forget, you can also search the CSDL by author through the Author Search screen at  Just select "Author" from the drop down.

Download issue citations feature now available for periodicals!

You can easily download CSDL bibliographic references at the issue level for any periodical, in addition to the document level.

Each table-of-contents page provides an option in the upper right to select bibliographic references.  Click on the link and you will be given an option to either open the RIS file with a variety of application or save it.

Search 2 Digital Libraries at Once

Save time and find all relevant references by simultaneously searching the IEEE Computer Society and Association of Computing Machinery digital libraries.  The Computer Society and the ACM exchange metadata so you can easily search across both digital library collections at the same time.

Simply go to the CS Digital Library advanced search page located at, select Digital Library and then Additional Options.  Make sure that the ACM Digital Library is selected in the "Search In" area.  The CSDL search will include this partner site content in your search results.  The link to ACM content found will take you directly to ACM's site.  Your access there will depend on your subscription rights within the site.

Use Advanced Search to Broaden or Narrow Searches against Content Types

There are five different content types listed in Advanced Search: Magazines, IEEE Transactions On, Letters, Site Areas, and Partner Site Content.  Within each content type, you can select or deselect titles or areas that you want as part of you search.  Magazines, IEEE Transactions On, and Letters are all part of the CSDL.  Site Areas are other IEEE Computer Society website areas; including Conference Proceedings (which are also part of the CSDL), the CS Book Store, Distance Learning, and the main CS web site.  Partner Site Content enables searches across other sites.  Addtionally, this area is color-coded so you will automatically see what you are subscribed to (if you are logged in or being IP-authenticated through your institution's subscription) or if it is an area where no subscription is required.

More Ways to Use Advanced Search

Select Author Search to return a list of authors.  Enter either the author's last/surname or both the first and last/surname.  (example: enter Smith or enter Joe Smith)  Note that CSDL's Author Search does not allow the use of wildcards, but the results are returned as if wildcards are in use.  If you enter Smit, then you will see results for Smit, Smith, Smithe, and Goldsmith.  You can choose the number of results per page: 10, 20, 50, or 100.  Once your results have been returned, clicking on the author's name will return all articles written by that particular author.

Find What You Need with Advanced Search

There are many ways to locate information in the CSDL.  Advanced search provides you with a variety of options and is a quick way to find what you need.  Learn more.

Advanced search is available from the main search page by clicking Additional Options (note you must be in Digital Library Search Mode).  Advanced Search immediately presents you with a structured way to create more complex searches.  Here are some details to get you started.  A result for full text is ANDed.  Title and Author searches are based on exact phrases.  In the case of exact phrase, all words in a row are searched as a phrase in that order.  Narrow your search by date range.  You also get sorting options for the results.  Choose to sort by relevance, date, or publication title.  Change the search results per page from 10 to 100, with the maximum results displayed at 100.

Email an Article to a Friend

It's easy to share information on key articles with your colleagues.  Every abstract page in the CSDL includes a link to 'Email this Article to a Friend.'  Left click to launch your default mail client.  The email is automatically populated with a link to that article's abstract page.  Simply add the email addresses and send to alert your friends to articles of interest.

Get More from the CSDL with RSS Feeds

Get instant notification of the newest information in the IEEE Computer Society Digital Library with our free RSS feeds.

RSS feeds are available for each of the IEEE Computer Society's magazines, transactions, and letters, so you can choose which of the 26 titles that matter most to you.  The feeds contain the headlines for each new articles in the publications, and link directly to the abstracts for each article.

You can also sign up for daily RSS feeds identifying all new CSDL content from Computer Society journals or conference proceedings.  The daily RSS feeds link to the tables of contents for each new publication.

To use these RSS feeds, or to find more information on how to sign up for them, visit the RSS page.