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Computing and Information Technology: Key Resources

A Library Guide to Computing and Information Technology resources for students and staff of the University of Newcastle

Computing and Information Technology Databases

Searching in databases is a great way to ensure you're getting the best possible search results. Try these Computing and Information Technology databases to find resources that are most relevant to your discipline.

Web Resources

Evaluate the resources you find online carefully, as not all are suitable quality for use in your studies. These Computing and Information Technology web resources are recommended by your University of Newcastle Library. 

Professional Associations

It can be valuable to build your career prospects and networks by connecting with professional associations. You might like to engage with these Computing and Information Technology groups as a student, or even throughout your career.

Patents & Standards

What is a Patent?

"A patent is a legally enforceable right for a device, substance, method or process. For your application to be successful, your invention must be new, useful and inventive or innovative. When granted, a patent will give you exclusive commercial rights to your invention." (IP Australia)

Australian Patents

International Patents

What is a Standard?

"Standards are documents setting out specifications, procedures and guidelines. They are designed to ensure products, services and systems are safe, reliable and consistent." (Standards Australia)

Australian Standards

International Standards

Please Note: Non-Australian Standards not held by the University of Newcastle can be requested via Get It (by Staff or Students)


MATLAB is provided by the University of Newcastle (UON) as a restricted site licence software which is available to all students on all UON computers.

Additionally a student may download a personal copy of MATLAB to ONE personal computer. 

The software licence must be renewed each year on the 1st of August to remain active.

For more information see the MATLAB for Students information sheet and the entry on MATLAB in the ServiceUON Knowledge Base produced by IT Services.

NOTE: all above links will require login by a current student or staff to view information

Free Software for UON Students

A number of software packages and programs are available for you to download to your devices for free while you are a student here. These include anti-virus software, as well as programs that may be helpful for your course.

There are also software licenses you can purchase for discounted prices. For details of a list of Software available for students, where to get it and any charges involved, see Software for your personal computer under the Software and tools page 

Dictionaries & Encyclopaedias

Useful resources for understanding your topic and finding the right keywords to use in your searching. 

OER for IT Students

Open Educational Resources (OER) are defined by UNESCO as

“… teaching, learning and research materials in any medium – digital or otherwise – that reside in the public domain or have been released under an open license that permits no-cost access, use, adaptation and redistribution by others with no or limited restrictions....”


MIT OpenCourseWare (OCW) is a free, publicly accessible, openly-licensed digital collection of high-quality teaching and learning materials available under a Creative Commons license for open sharing.

See the following as an example.

Introduction to Algorithms by MIT OCW

Software Construction by MIT

Introduction to Computational Thinking and Data Science

Database Design

Practicing and Presenting Social Research

UON Nova Book

Your Subject Librarians

This guide has been created by University of Newcastle Librarians who work with your schools to make sure you have access to the resources you need. The Librarians supporting Computing and Information Technology are: