Welcome to the Computing subject page.  This guides highlights the key resources for your subject area, and services and facilities available from the Library.

Getting started

All required reading for your modules should be available from your online reading lists. In addition to prescribed reading, when doing your own research ‘beyond your reading list’, LibrarySearch is a quick and easy way to simultaneously search for academic content across a number of different sources. If you get stuck, contact your Academic Librarian.


Pluralsight (formerly Digital Tutors) is a CG, VFX, 3D animation, game dev, VFX and digital arts training resource. Thousands of video how-to tutorials with step-by-step instructions from experts in the creative professions.

Individual videos are combined into courses for you to follow, use paths of combined courses and tools to teach you any given skill from start to finish or you can choose to create your own channel for your learning. Lots of features  such as assessments and labs are available to help you track your training. 

Access and Authentication:

Email invites or group codes are not required for this resource as we have single sign-on (SSO) in place.

Access using your Abertay login credentials.  Please note that access to this resource is restricted for the following groups only: 

Sound and Music for Games, Game Design and Production Management + Game Design and Production (Years 1,2,3,4), Computer Arts (Years 1,2,3,4), MProf Games Development, Computer Games Technology (Years 3 + 4 + MSc), Computer Games Applications Development (Years 3 + 4) and SDI staff.  

Due to the restricted license cap on this resource, please be aware that inactive accounts will be periodically removed.

Pluralsight is also available as a mobile app on iOS and Android devices.  In order to ensure seamless access to the Abertay subscription login using the SSO option:

  1. Open the Pluralsight app. 
  2. Click the Use Single Sign-On (SSO) button.
  3. Enter your company URL -
  4. Click Continue
  5. Login using your network credentials to the Abertay SSO screen.
  6. You are now successfully logged into Pluralsight.
More details on using SSO and device authorisation for the Pluralsight apps can be found here

If you can't access Pluralsight using your Abertay credentials and belong to one of the above groups, please email 

Note: please read the Pluralsight Privacy Policy carefully and be aware that your personal data is retained by Pluralsight whilst you are an active user.  Abertay staff and students will be manually opted-out from receiving marketing emails.

Journal collections/databases

The key resources for your subject area are:

  • ACM Digital Library 
    Computing and engineering conference papers and journal articles.
  • IEEE Xplore
    Access to more than 4 million full-text documents from some of the world’s most highly cited publications in electrical engineering, computer science and electronics.  It contains more than 30% of the world’s technical literature.
  • Springer Link ebooks 
    Over 23,000 e-books on computer science.
  • Science Direct 
    Full-text articles from more than 2,000 journals in the ScienceDirect Freedom Collection, covering all disciplines. Most titles are available from 1997.
  • Statista A comprehensive statistics platform with access to over 1.5 million data sets and revenue forecasts from 2015 to 2020 on over 400 industries. Includes access to the Global Consumer Survey database. For more information and a search tutorial, check this guide.
  • The Journal of Digital Forensics, Security and Law 
    A publication of the Association of Digital Forensics, Security and Law which includes original research about digital forensics and its relationship to security and law.
  • Wiley Online Library 
    Access to nearly 1,500 peer-review journals including the Security and Communication Networks and Expert Systems.


Websites - sources of freely available reports, papers, books etc

Academic Librarian

Your Librarian is Sinéad McGhee. Sinéad can help you find the resources you need for your research, and advise you on how best to reference them.


Tel: 01382 308867

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Other resources and support

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