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Computing & Engineering: Computing & Engineering on the web

A collection of information resources and guidance for Computing & Engineering students

Featured website - Wired

Wired.co.uk is where science, technology and culture collide.

Their mission is to "explore the next big ideas in science, culture, business – wherever innovation and new thinking are reshaping our world", and will bring you cutting edge news about developments in AI, machine learning, robotics and the 'next big thing.'

 Colourful tiles displaying a range of technologies.

We also hold a print copy of the magazine in the Drill Hall Library journals collection (located in the Quiet Zone).

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Academic Repositories

Universities will have their own digital repository to store, provide access to and preserve work produced by their academics. These repositories can be a valuable source of information to you when you are writing a dissertation or postgraduate-level project. 

The three universities at the Medway site each have their own repository which you can explore:

Introduction - hidden gem or Fake News?

In general, we recommend that you use verified, peer-reviewed academic books and journal articles as sources for your essays and reports. However, increasingly we can also find a lot of good quality information online.

But with the good always comes the bad - plenty of stuff with a home on the Internet is not reliable, for academic purposes or any other! Here are some top tips to help you quickly assess whether you should give your attention to a piece of research, news report or product review.

A person sitting on a sofa reading a newspaper called 'The Daily Fake News'

Test your fake-news-spotting skills

Have a go at this multiple choice quiz compiled by the BBC and test your fake news spotting skills. It's harder than you think!

Did you know that the BBC has extensive guidelines for their reporters, which they must follow to check the authenticity and accuracy of news stories. The relevant part of the website is BBC Editorial Guidelines section 3 - accuracy.

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A screen shot from the BBC News fake news quiz, an image with a multiple choice question underneath.

Useful websites for Computer Scientists & Engineers

  • American Society of Civil Engineers : Through the expertise of its active membership, ASCE is a leading provider of technical and professional conferences and continuing education, the world's largest publisher of civil engineering content, and an authoritative source for codes and standards that protect the public.

  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers : ASME members have unlimited access to valuable information and resources, connections to the best and brightest engineers, and numerous opportunities to get involved and make a real difference. Professional and Student members also enjoy a host of exclusive career-enhancing benefits.

  • Building Research Establishment : BRE is a world leading multi-disciplinary building science centre with a mission to improve the built environment through research and knowledge generation.

  • Building Services Research and Information Association : BSRIA is a test, instruments, research and consultancy organisation in construction and building services providing specialist support services for design, construction, facilities management, product testing and market intelligence.

  • Espacenet : Accessible to beginners and experts, Espacenet contains data on more than 90 million patent documents from around the world. Supporting information can help you understand whether a patent has been granted and if it is still in force.

  • Expedition Workshed : Workshed is a simple way to access civil and structural engineering educational resources on the web.

  • Health & Safety Executive : Advice, guidance, news, templates, tools, legislation, publications from Great Britain's independent regulator for work-related health, safety and illness; HSE.

  • How Stuff Works : An unusual and entertaining website which takes a wide variety of everyday items and explains the engineering principles behind them. Use this for the basics and then find a patent above for the detailed engineering.

  • Institute of Civil Engineers : Civil engineers build the essential infrastructure which society depends on. As industry thought leaders, ICE’s members and partners can help turn engineering knowledge into action.

  • Institute of Mechanical Engineers : Our Vision is to improve the world through engineering by inspiring the next generation, developing professional engineers and setting the agenda.

  • Institution of Structural Engineers : The Institution is an internationally recognised source of expertise and information concerning all issues that involve structural engineering and public safety within the built environment.

  • Knovel : Specifically designed for engineers seeking technical information and answers it uses data books and other established resources.

  • Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors : The world's leading professional status in land, real estate, infrastructure and construction.