Professional associations, reference sources, specialist libraries and websites

There are many UK and international learned and professional bodies that offer membership and networking opportunities in the fields of computing, IT, engineering and mathematics. The list below only gives the key ones.

  • BoB National: Box of Broadcasts
    Watch, or choose and record any broadcast programme from 60+ TV and radio channels.

  • Credo Reference
    Online full-text access to dictionaries, encyclopaedias and handbooks in a range of subject areas, including a small amount of content in mathematics and statistics, and technology and engineering subjects.

  • Statista
    Online statistics portal providing access to data from market and opinion research institutions, as well as from business organisations and government institutions. Coverage includes Europe (with focus on the UK), the United States and China.

Other academic libraries with relevant materials can be accessed via the SCONUL Access Scheme.

  • British Library
    Access to material unavailable elsewhere. The British Library has a growing collection of e-resources now available within the reading rooms. Certain forms of ID are needed to register for a reader pass. See the website for further details.

  • Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) Library
    The Library covers all aspects of communications technology and electronics, including networks, and houses a bookshop where IET publications can be purchased. It is open as a reference library to all. Students may be able to join the IET or take out library-only membership for a fee, allowing borrowing or access to e-resources.
  • CED Magazine
    Magazine for broadband technology. Contains news, articles, videos, webinars, blogs, product news, events calendar, and the option to sign up for a regular newsletter.

  • Creative Blog
    Information and tutorials from a number of creative magazines, including Computer Arts and 3D World.

  • Creative Skillset
    Industry skills body for the creative industries, including animation and visual effects and games. Provides information on training, education and careers as well as industries. The Creative Skillset Blog gives latest developments in the sector.

  • Dr Dobbs 
    Articles from the journal are not free, but the website contains additional articles, news, blogs, and events information aimed at professional programmers and software engineers. Very good for practical information.

  • Information Age
    Magazine aimed at IT managers and executives involved in the application of technology for business advantage and efficiency.

  • Information Week
    Magazine for business technology professionals, providing articles, industry news, press releases, blogs and commentaries.

  • Interactive Mathematics Miscellany and Puzzles
    Site created and maintained, and copyright held, by Alexander Bogomolny, formerly an Associate Professor of Mathematics at the University of Iowa and now a freelance software developer.

  • Mathematics & Statistics Open Select
    Open access articles from Taylor and Francis.

  • Project Euclid
    Not-for-profit online publishing service providing access to journals, monographs, and conference proceedings in theoretical and applied mathematics and statistics. Look out for the tick symbol next to an item that denotes full-text access.

  • Web of Conferences
    This is an open access platform for published scientific (including engineering and technology) conference proceedings.

The following are games and animation companies, many of which have publications, presentations, videos and podcasts, blogs, and research:

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