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TC 497 - Technical Communication for Computer Science

A research guide for students of TC 497 to connect to library resources in support of your class.

What is Research Gate?

WHAT IS RESEARCHGATE? is an academic profile and social networking site, and a popular hub on the web for sharing academic publications.

ResearchGate is a private company attempting to monetize academic publishing, and it does not vet whether it has a license to host a publication.


Many researchers and scientists will post PDFs of their articles on ResearchGate, so it is a source of free scholarly articles. They are often indexed by Google Scholar.


ResearchGate is not a publisher.

ResearchGate is not a journal.

It is simply an academic social network, and any articles on it should be cited using their own citation information, with no mention of ResearchGate.

In the example article below on artificial intelligence, the citation would be, in IEEE citation style: 

J. Liu et al., “Artificial Intelligence in the 21st Century,” 
IEEE Access, vol. 6, pp. 34403–34421, 2018, doi: 10.1109/ACCESS.2018.2819688