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Guidelines for Finding Research Papers

Useful Websites

Major Database Conferences

  • Proc. of SIGMOD Conference (SIGMOD): ACM-Special Interest Group on Mgmt. of Data (1974-). It also shows up now as a journal called the PACMMOD (Proceedings of the ACM on Management of Data).
  • Proc. of the Very Large Database (VLDB) Conference. (1975-). It also shows up now as a journal called the PVLDB (Proceedings of the VLDB).
  • Conference on Innovative Data Systems Research (CIDR). (2003-). The conference often covers visionary topics.
  • Proc. of IEEE Data Engineering Conf. (ICDE) (1984- )

Other conferences include: ER (Entity Relationship – later Conceptual Modeling), CIKM (Conf. on Info and Knowledge Mgmt.), EDBT (Extended DB Technology – European), SIGKDD (Special Interest Group on Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining). See links to them from the DBLP website.

Major Database Journals

  • ACM TODS: ACM Transactions on Database Systems. (1976- ). This journal publishes authoritative work which mostly results from PhD theses.
  • IEEE /TKDE: IEEE Transactions on Knowledge and Data Engineering (1990- )
  • ACM TOIS: ACM Transactions on Information Systems. (1983-) Previously it was called Transactions on Office Information Systems.
  • Information Systems (Pergammon Press, Now Springer) (1980-)
  • Data and Knowledge Engineering (Elsevier) (1980-)

Note: The library has access to ACM and IEEE digital library. You should be able to download most of the papers that appear in above conferences and journals.

Guidelines for Referencing Research Papers

How to Write References in the Bibliography

Please write references using the APA style guideline below. Giving a URL link or doi link is NOT acceptable.

  • Example of an edited book:
    • T. Wakayama, S. Kannapan, C. M. Khoong, S.B. Navathe, J. Yates (Eds.), Information and Process Integration in Enterprises: Rethinking Documents, Kluwer Academic Publishers, 1998.
  • Example of a book chapter:
    • S.B. Navathe and R. Ahmed, “Temporal Extensions to the Relational Model and SQL,” Chapter 4 in “Temporal Database Management,” (A. Tansel, et al., eds.), Benjamin Cummings, 1993.
  • Example of a journal paper:
    • H. Beck, T.Anwar, and S.B. Navathe, “A Conceptual Clustering Algorithm for Database Schema Design,” in IEEE Transactions on Knowledge and Data Engineering, Vol. 6, No. 3, June 1994.
  • Example of a conference paper:
    • A. Savasere, E. Omiecinski and S. B. Navathe, “Discovery of Multiple-Level Association Rules from Large Databases,” Proc. 21st Interenational Conf. on Very Large Databases, Zurich, Switzerland, September 1995.
  • Example of a Web URL reference

For a published paper, you can most likely find it using ACM Digital Library, Google Scholar etc. These websites often allow you to export the citation in specific formats such as the APA style.

How to mention a reference in the body of your text:

  1. In [Wakayama et al. 1998] there is a discussion of a variety of ways documents have been used, stored, indexed, linked, etc.
  2. The first proposal for a temporal SQL was made by Navathe and Ahmed [1993] where they added temporal functions to the language syntax including temporal join.
  3. [Beck et al.1994] has an interesting proposal for achieving integration of conceptual schemas.
  4. A good current example of a main-memory database system is Hana [SAP 2012].

Note that in the last example, we treat SAP (the company) as an author and treat the pdf white paper as the published report and include the URL for finding it.

SAP, “SAP_HANA_for_Next-Generation_Business_Applications_and_Real-Time_Analytics_(US).pdf”, 2012, available at