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There are many bibliographic sources available on the WWW, but the following
I find indispensable.
Computer Science Bibliographies -
This is a collection of over 700,000 references to papers and technical
reports in Computer Science, beneath a sophisticated search engine.
While there is much duplication, this is my first stop whenever I need to
look something up.
The primary site is http://liinwww.ira.uka.de/bibliography/index.html,
although several mirror sites are in operation around the world.
All references are provided in bibtex format.
Joel Seiferas' paper.lst -
References to over 55,000 papers and technical reports (at last count),
algorithms and related areas of theoretical computer science.
Each paper is reduced to a one-line format, which I find easy to grep
It is available by anonymous ftp from ftp.cs.rochester.edu
in /pub/u/joel, and a copy is included on the enclosed CD-ROM.
The complete bibliography on anything related to computational
it references over 8,000 books, papers, and reports
and includes detailed abstracts for many of them.
Grep-ing through geom.bib is an amazingly efficient way to find out
about previous work without leaving your office.
It is available via anonymous ftp from
ftp.cs.usask.ca, in file pub/geometry/geombib.tar.Z,
and a copy is included on the enclosed CD-ROM.
Usenet FAQ files -
The straightest, most accurate dope about any topic is likely to be
had in a USENET frequently asked questions (FAQ) file.
Dedicated volunteers maintain FAQ files for many USENET newsgroups,
many of which are quite detailed, and which always emphasize other
Excellent FAQ files on algorithm-related topics such as
cryptography, linear programming, and data compression are currently
A collection of current FAQ files is maintained at
Mon Jun 2 23:33:50 EDT 1997