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AB1401 Technological Innovations & Developments: Introduction to IT

This guide provides some selected resources for the topic technological innovations and developments

Web sites


FOLDOC is a searchable dictionary of acronyms, jargon, programming languages, tools, architecture, operating systems, networking, theory, conventions, standards, mathematics, telecoms, electronics, institutions, companies, projects, products, history, in fact anything to do with computing.

Gartner IT Glossary

 This is a guide to exploring technology terms and definitions, from Gartner, one of the leading IT research and advisory company.

How stuff works

HowStuffWorks is an American commercial educational website founded by Marshall Brain to provide its target audience an insight into the way many things work.


Webopedia is an online Tech Dictionary for Students, Educators and IT Professionals


Bits is one of the technology blogs available at New York Times covering news and analysis on the technology industry from a business perspective.


  1. Portal:Information technology -  This portal is a basic guide on Information Technology.
  2. Portal:Computer Science - This Portal is a directory of Computer Science pages at Wikiversity.
  3. Clinical Informatics Wiki - This is a wiki website devoted for topics in Biomedical Informatics

How to access the databases subcribed by the Library

What are library databases?

A library database is an electronic catalogue or index that contains information about published items. Most of the library databases are not freely available on the Internet and are specially subscribed by the library.

Library databases contain a variety of information from professional sources such as articles from journals, magazine, newspaper and trade publications. There are also conference proceedings, Business intelligence reports and financial data.

Library databases are searchable. By Keywords, Subject, Author, Title, Date and etc.

NTU library subscribes to many library databases in a wide range of subjects. You can browse them at the database page by subject list or alphabetical list. If you know the database name, you can search for it in OneSearch . Select the tab Databases in OneSearch, key in the title and click Go to search for the database.

How to access Journal articles?

What are Journal articles useful for?

Journal articles may be useful when:

  1. Your topic is very recent. Articles, especially in newspapers and magazines, are intended to keep people up-to-date on the latest development in various issues, so they are very useful if you are tracking new developments and progress of a topic. For example, the most recent applications and developments of smart grid technology.
  2. Your topic is very narrow in scope. You could be interested in something so specific that there will not be books written about the topic. For example, research on performance testing for XML Database based on TPC-C benchmark.

Journal articles may not be useful when:

  1. You need background or overview information; or
  2. Your topic is broad or covers a long time span.


There are a couple of ways to look for journal articles in the library collection:

  1. Access the library homepage. You can do a search in One Search and then refine the results by  resource type'Articles'
  2. Click Advanced search below OneSearch, choose the tab 'Articles'. Key in your search terms and click Go. The retrieved results will show articles based on your search criteria.
  3. If you do not have a specific journal in mind, use specific databases to search for articles of interest.



Given below are some selected Technology related databases.Click on the hyperlinked database titles to access the databases.

  • Gartner Core Research - Gartner is an information technology research and advisory company. Their focus is on technology-related insight geared towards helping their clients make the right decisions.Gartner Core Research is an online database of Gartner research conducted by highly skilled industry analysts. It provides insightful and practical advice from around the world, covering a varied set of topics including Emerging Trends and Technologies, Asset Management and Web Services.
  • IEEE Xplore - The IEEE Xplore digital library is a powerful resource for discovery of and access to scientific and technical content published by the IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) and its publishing partners. It covers a wide range of topics such as such as computing and processing, telecommunications,networking, power, electronics etc
  • LexisNexis Academic - LexisNexis Academic delivers fast access to thousands of credible sources from around the world, covering news, legal and business information and more. You can  search  news publications, articles, reports, legal content, company information in this database.
  • - This resource provides over 9,000 technical and professional video presentations from a range of events, lectures, interviews, product demos, seminars and conferences across 10 technology channels, and covers core engineering and technology subjects.


Examples of articles