ACM digital library

The ACM Digital Library is a full-text database covering the fields of computing and information technology and includes the complete collection of ACM's publications, including journals, conference proceedings, magazines, newsletters, and multimedia titles.


All metadata in the ACM Digital Library is open to the world, including abstracts, linked references and citing works, citation and usage statistics, as well as all functionality and services. Other than the free articles, the full-texts are accessed by subscription. Through an UGent account you have access to full-text documents.

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ACM Digital Library bibliographic references are downloadable in several formats. Below the description of the article you will find some possibilities ('Get citation alert', 'Save to binder', 'Export citation', ...). Choose "Export citation" and your preferred format: BibTex, EndNote or ACM Ref.

To export a citation to EndNote: select an article. Go to "Export citation", click on 'EndNote'. A window opens with the 'Export Formats', click on 'Download'. A pop-up will appear at the bottom asking if you want to open or save the requested information, click on 'Open'. Your citation will now be saved in EndNote. Don't forget: to be able to use EndNote on Athena, you have to launch all your other applications (browser, Word, ...) in Athena as well.

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