Places to find research papers

The Citeseer Scientific Digital Library contains downloads for many excellent papers:

ACM provides some free papers, but IIRC to view many of them you must be a member:

From RFCs (for Internet protocols) to USENET newsgroup FAQs:

For RFCs specifically:

ARPANET papers, which are useful if you want to know about computing history (especially the Internet):

USENIX has many research papers, and I believe most of them are free to view:

arXiv ( ), formerly known as, is a huge preprint archive. It started as a physics preprint archive, but it now covers also mathematics and computer science.

PhysNet ( ), Physics' departments and documents

HAL ( ) is a french server for depositing scientific papers, it covers physics and other disciplines available from arXiv and has a write through to arXiv for those papers. But it is open for any scientific discipline.

citeulike ( ), A kind of social bookmarking for scientific papers.

ro If you know the title of the paper you're looking for, then enter it into google with '+ pdf'. If it's at all popular, it's out there.

VL It will also be on the internet if the author is computer savvy enough and interested in 'publishing' it, and yes I use Google. If you don't know the name of the paper, go to a university library site; they tend to have subscriptions to abstract databases and such that are free to search.

DKF: Google Scholar ( ) is pretty good.

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