Frequently Asked Questions about the Computer Science Bibliography Collection
Before you write to me you should consult this list of questions and
You should also read the general
introduction to this bibliography collection and other material on the bibliography
collection. If you have questions concerning the search interfaces then you should read the
respective help information on the advanced
- I am searching for a paper, can you tell me where I can find it?
- I am searching for papers on XYZ, can you send me a list of references?
- Do you have an online copy of the paper XYZ?
- How do I uncompress a bibliography?
- There is an error in a reference, please correct it!
- I want to install a search interface for a bibliography, can I use your scripts?
- Is there a style guide on how to create BibTeX bibliographies?
- How can I add bibliographies to the bibliography collection? How can I add references to the bibliography collection?
If your question is not answered on this page you can write to me at
firstname.lastname@example.org or fill out
No, I cannot. Everything I know about free bibliographic services on the
Internet is contained in the bibliography collection. If you do not find
what you are looking for after using a search
interface and other services, then I would
not know about it, either.
I can do an extensive literature research for you, using more sources
than what is contained in the bibliography collection. With my
knowledge of bibliographical databases around the world and my
intimate knowlegde of the search interfaces I could be more
effective. However, this service is not free, please contact me at email@example.com.
I have received many mails asking how one can obtain the online
version of a paper once one has found an interesting reference by
either browsing or searching this collection.
I do not collect online versions of papers and I do not have any
information beyond what's contained in this bibliography collection.
I should make it clear that this bibliography
collection is not necessarily about online papers but about online
references to papers. The vast majority of papers referenced in this
collection only exists in hardcopy form, to be found in your local
library. However, about 70,000 references in this bibliography
collection (about 7%) contain a URL pointing to an online version of
the paper (see the bibliographic
statistics for more precise numbers). If you find a reference
containing such a URL (e.g. by searching the
collection) then just follow the URL. The advanced search interface offers a convenient
way to restrict searches to papers that are available online.
In general, the chances are very slim that an online version exists
and a visit to a good, old-fashioned library will be the best way to
obtain a hardcopy version of the paper.
Otherwise, there are sometimes ways to find the online paper:
The bibliographies are compressed with gzip, a GNU program which is
available from ftp://prep.ai.mit.edu/pub/gnu
and many other sites. It will work on virtually all Unix, DOS, VMS
operating systems. Those of you who are using a Mac should try MacGzip.
- If the reference is a technical report try the other technical report servers, most of
the more recent technical reports ( > 1990) are available online.
- Try to find a homepage for one of the authors by using one of
the WWW indices such as
Lycos, Infoseek, AltaVista Search or
author might provide the paper in his/her home page.
- Try the sections on "Other
bibliographies", some of the services listed there also provide
pointers to online copies of papers.
- Finally, you might want to try a commercical document delivery
services such as e.g. CARL UnCover,
however these services ar not free.
WinZip can also decompress gzipped files on Windows (95,98,NT) platforms.
If you would like the decompression to be done transparently by your
browser you might want to have a look at these valuable tips!
Most bibliographies are updated regularly from their original
locations. Any modifications have to be made by the author/maintainer
to his copy of the bibliography. Modifications to local copies in the
bibliography collection would be lost with the next update.
Therefore, please check the bibliography that contains the
reference. If it is not supported any more then I can modify my local
copy, otherwise you have to direct your suggestion to the author of
That would not be a good idea since my search scripts are tailored to
work with the architecture of the bibliography collection and they are
way too complicated for small bibliographies (<= 10,000
entries). Small bibliographies do not need an indexing program, they
can be searched by a grep-like script. You might want to take a look
I know of two such style guides:
The latter also deals with the question of how to deal with online
- from the Computational Learning Bibliography
- From the Bibliography Network Projet (BibNet)
I have made a short, selected list of
tools that help in the creation of bibliographies.
You can add both whole bibliographies and individual paper referencees
to the bibliography collection using a variety of submission
mechanisms. Please see this
page on how to proceed.