Searching the IEEE Computer Society Digital Library (CSDL)
Tips for how to get the most out of the resources in CSDL.

search iconBasic Search

basic search optionsThe CSDL Basic Search includes a dropdown list on the left that lets you focus your search to query against Author, Affiliation, Conference, or DOI.

The search engine automatically looks for plurals, different verb tenses, and British and American spelling variations.


  • The CSDL search box supports the Boolean operators AND, OR, and NOT.
    (Note that they must be in all capital letters, or they’ll be ignored.)
  • By default, the search engine will automatically AND your terms together and query against the metadata for all articles, including fields such as Article Title, Abstract, Index Terms, and Author Names.
  • For a string of terms, such as wind energy conversion, the results will include papers that match all three words – although they won’t necessarily be in a phrase or even in the same field.
  • To match an exact phrase, use quotation marks around your terms. For example, “wind energy conversion” returns results for that exact phrase in that order without stemming or alternate endings, such as plurals.
  • Adding “NOT” to your search string will exclude results with the specified term in the metadata — for example, “NOT induction.”



Advanced Search

The Advanced Search lets you complete detailed queries against specific fields.

To refine the result set, use the facets on the left-hand side of the page.

Advanced Search Facets

  • Category: By default, all publications are included, but you can specify conference proceedings, magazines, journals, or letters.
  • Year: Search among publications from a single year or a range from 1960 to present.
  • Publications: Use the filter and checkboxes to identify specific publications to search within.
  • Authors: This facet displays the authors from the current search results. Use the filter and checkboxes to refine the results further.
  • Affiliation: Locate articles by authors from specific institutions and companies.
  • Preprints: Include papers that have been accepted for publication in magazines, journals, and letters that have not yet gone to print.
  • Access: Search the full CSDL, your subscribed content, or open access (freely available).



At the top of the right-hand column, you’ll find options for the results list:

CSDL Search Export Options

  • Export: Export metadata for articles in your search results by marking the checkboxes to the left of those you’re interested in and then invoking the Export function. Selected results will be downloaded in a spreadsheet file format (CSV). If no papers are selected, the top 2,000 results will be returned.
  • Limit: Choose the number of results to display at a time (10, 25, 50, or 100).
  • Show Relevance: Search results are automatically sorted by Relevance. You can also choose Newest First or Oldest First.
  • Show All Publications: Select whether to show results from all Computer Society publications, only those to which you’re subscribed, or open access content available to all users.



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