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Databases for Physics

Looking for articles on a topic related to Physics? Search in the recommended databases listed below.

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  • Web of Science - Core Collection

    Access the world’s leading scholarly literature in the sciences, social sciences, arts, and humanities and examine proceedings of international conferences, symposia, seminars, colloquia, workshops, and conventions.  [Details]

    Tutorial:   Web of Science

  • arXiv.org

    Open access to hundreds of thousands of e-prints in Physics, Mathematics, Computer Science, Quantitative Biology, Quantitative Finance and Statistics  [Details]

  • INSPIRE

    Open access digital library for the field of high energy physics.  [Details]

  • Scitation Database

    The Scitation Database provides the most current indexing and abstracting of more than 100 major physics, astronomy, and engineering journals and conference proceedings. It provides abstracts for the more than 80 journals published by the American Institute of Physics and it member societies.  [Details]

  • E-Print Network

    Searchable gateway to preprint servers that deal research communication for scientists and engineers.  [Details]

  • NASA Astrophysics Data System

    NASA-funded project which maintains four bibliographic databases containing more than 8.6 million records: Astronomy and Astrophysics, Instrumentation, Physics and Geophysics, and preprints in Astronomy. Some full-text articles, as well as astronomy preprints, are available, including digitized historical astronomy and astrophysics literature.  [Details]

  • Agricola

    Citations to articles in the major agricultural journals worldwide.  [Details]

  • Environmental Impact Statements: Digests

    Detailed abstracts and indexing of the hundreds of environmental impact statements issued each year by the federal government.  [Details]

  • Web of Science

    This collection of databases offers an integrated, versatile research platform, it delivers easy access to high quality, diversified scholarly information in anthropology, biology, chemistry, biochemistry, criminology, education, environmental sciences, geography, geology, marine sciences, mathematics and statistics, physics, psychology, social work, sociology, as well as search and analysis tools that enhance this content. Includes Web of Science Core Collection, which consists of multidisciplinary content covers over 12,000 of the highest impact journals worldwide.  [Details]

    Tutorial:   Citation Report and H-index with Web of Science

  • Web of Science - Core Collection

    Access the world’s leading scholarly literature in the sciences, social sciences, arts, and humanities and examine proceedings of international conferences, symposia, seminars, colloquia, workshops, and conventions.  [Details]

    Tutorial:   Web of Science

  • arXiv.org

    Open access to hundreds of thousands of e-prints in Physics, Mathematics, Computer Science, Quantitative Biology, Quantitative Finance and Statistics  [Details]

  • INSPIRE

    Open access digital library for the field of high energy physics.  [Details]

  • Scitation Database

    The Scitation Database provides the most current indexing and abstracting of more than 100 major physics, astronomy, and engineering journals and conference proceedings. It provides abstracts for the more than 80 journals published by the American Institute of Physics and it member societies.  [Details]

  • E-Print Network

    Searchable gateway to preprint servers that deal research communication for scientists and engineers.  [Details]

  • NASA Astrophysics Data System

    NASA-funded project which maintains four bibliographic databases containing more than 8.6 million records: Astronomy and Astrophysics, Instrumentation, Physics and Geophysics, and preprints in Astronomy. Some full-text articles, as well as astronomy preprints, are available, including digitized historical astronomy and astrophysics literature.  [Details]

  • Agricola

    Citations to articles in the major agricultural journals worldwide.  [Details]

  • Environmental Impact Statements: Digests

    Detailed abstracts and indexing of the hundreds of environmental impact statements issued each year by the federal government.  [Details]

  • Web of Science

    This collection of databases offers an integrated, versatile research platform, it delivers easy access to high quality, diversified scholarly information in anthropology, biology, chemistry, biochemistry, criminology, education, environmental sciences, geography, geology, marine sciences, mathematics and statistics, physics, psychology, social work, sociology, as well as search and analysis tools that enhance this content. Includes Web of Science Core Collection, which consists of multidisciplinary content covers over 12,000 of the highest impact journals worldwide.  [Details]

    Tutorial:   Citation Report and H-index with Web of Science

  • AccessScience

    An authoritative and dynamic online resource that contains incisively written, high-quality reference material that covers all major scientific disciplines.  [Details]

  • Cambridge Journals Online

    Cambridge Journals Online is the online Cambridge University Press’s collection of several journals across the computer sciences, sciences, social sciences and humanities.   [Details]

  • Conference Papers Index

    Citations to papers and poster sessions at major scientific meetings.  [Details]

  • Data Citation Index

    Discover research data, including data studies, data sets from a wide range of international data repositories and connect them with the scientific literature to track data citation. Part of Web of Science.  [Details]

    Tutorial:   Web of Science: Citation Sources

  • Directory of Open Access journals - (DOAJ)

    The Directory aims to be comprehensive and cover all open access scientific and scholarly journals that use a quality control system to guarantee the content. Includes multidisciplinary scientific and scholarly periodicals that publish research or review papers in full text.  [Details]

  • JSTOR

    Archive of selected scholarly journals in anthropology, art, art history, communication studies, criminology, ecology, economics, education, English, film studies, foreign languages and literatures, geography, geology, history, mathematics, music, philosophy, political science, public and international affairs, religion, social work, sociology, statistics, theatre, and other humanities and social sciences.  [Details]

  • New York Public Library Digital Collections

    Explore well over a half a million items digitized from The New York Public Library's collections. Spanning a wide range of historical eras, geography, and media, NYPL Digital Collections offers drawings, illuminated manuscripts, maps, photographs, posters, prints, rare illustrated books, videos, audio, and more. Encompassing the subject strengths of the vast collections of The Library, these materials represent the applied sciences, fine and decorative arts, history, performing arts, and social sciences.  [Details]

  • PBS Video Collection

    You can now view nearly 250 quality PBS programs covering a wide variety of topics. These videos are viewable from any computer running Flash Player version 9 or higher with a relatively good Internet connection (at least 175 Kbps). A great database for music studies. Unfortunately, it will not be possible to view the videos over a dial-up Internet line.  [Details]

  • PLoS

    Public Library of Science (PLoS) is a nonprofit publisher that publishes the following titles: PLoS Biology, PLoS Medicine, PLoS Computational Biology, PLoS Genetics, PLoS Pathogens, and PLoS Clinical Trials. PLoS uses an Open Access model to publish, meaning that all journal issues are available free of charge online from the moment of publication. PLoS Biology has an Institute for Scientific Information (ISI) impact factor of 14.7.  [Details]

  • ProQuest Central

    This database serves as the central resource for researchers at all levels. Covering more than 160 subjects areas, ProQuest Central is the largest aggregated database of periodical content. This award-winning online reference resource features a highly-respected, diversified mix of content including scholarly journals, trade publications, magazines, books, newspapers, reports and videos. Comparable to EBSCOhost Academic Search Complete.  [Details]

  • ProQuest Research Library

    A multidisciplinary, general reference database covering covering over 150 academic disciplines. Consists of a diversified mix of over 6,000 titles - over 75% in full text - from 1971 forward, including scholarly journals, trade publications, and magazines. Part of ProQuest Central.  [Details]

  • SciELO (Scientific Electronic Library Online)

    SciELO is a multinational effort to provide open access to scientific research journals produced in Latin America, the Caribbean, and Spain.  [Details]

  • Science in Context

    Reference content, plus magazines, journals, news sources, experiments, and more, covering earth science, life science, space, technology, mathematics, science history, and biography.  [Details]

  • SciTech Connect

    SciTech Connect is a portal to free, publicly-available DOE-sponsored R&D results including technical reports, bibliographic citations, journal articles, conference papers, books, multimedia and data information.  [Details]

  • SpringerLink

    SpringerLink offers online access to over 1400 fully peer reviewed journals and hundreds of ebooks in biomedicine, life science, clinical medicine, physics, engineering, mathematics, computer science, humanities, social work, sociology, and economics.  [Details]

  • Summon

    Summon allows you to search for articles from journals to which we subscribe, content from participating databases to which we subscribe, freely available content such as from open access journals or government websites, and books, ebooks, government documents, archival materials, special collection and many other types of items from our library. A simple search of one or two words will return thousands of results; use phrase searching, field searching, and facets to refine your search and return fewer results. Keep in mind that Summon searches many but not all library resources and comprehensive searches should be done in subject specific databases.  [Details]

    Tutorial:   Overview of Advanced Searching in Randall Library (UNCW) Searchbox

  • Wiley Online Library

    A multidisciplinary collection of academic areas of study including social sciences, humanities, education, social work, sociology, English, computer sciences, creative writing, engineering, psychology, law and criminology, life sciences, and business.

    Note: UNCW only has access to selected content, mostly journals, in Wiley. Look for the unlocked or free icons  lock iconsto identify content available to UNCW.  [Details]

  • WorldCat Dissertations and Theses

    Our access to the WorldCat FirstSearch interface ended June 30, 2015. Please search WorldCat.org or ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Open.

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  • WorldCat [FirstSearch Interface]

    Our access to the WorldCat FirstSearch interface ended June 30, 2015. Please use WorldCat.org to search libraries worldwide.

    The free version of WorldCat does not display an UNCW Interlibrary Loan link or items from our catalog, and only returns a partial list of libraries that own an item. To overcome these deficiencies, Randall Library has developed 2 tools that replace this functionality, try them out! Visit our WorldCat Bookmarklets page to get the tools and watch a demonstration.  We have also created a guide to Searching Beyond Randall Libray for researchers.  [Details]


Helpful Websites

The websites listed are suggestions to aid in your research. Randall Library is not responsible for the validity or relevance of content on the websites above, nor does it purposefully mean to mislead the researcher towards a specific topic, philosophy, or concept. 

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