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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

    This collection of databases offers an integrated, versatile research platform, it delivers easy access to high quality, diversified scholarly information in the sciences, social sciences, and arts and humanities, 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

  • arXiv.org

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

  • SPIRES - High-Energy Physics Literature Database

    The SPIRES database contains preprints, technical reports, and citations in the fields of high energy physics, astrophysics, particle and atomic physics, and accelerator 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]

  • Web of Science

    This collection of databases offers an integrated, versatile research platform, it delivers easy access to high quality, diversified scholarly information in the sciences, social sciences, and arts and humanities, 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

  • arXiv.org

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

  • SPIRES - High-Energy Physics Literature Database

    The SPIRES database contains preprints, technical reports, and citations in the fields of high energy physics, astrophysics, particle and atomic physics, and accelerator 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]

  • EIS (Environmental Impact Statements): Full-Text & Digests

    Digests of Environmental Impact Statements. Includes detailed abstracts of all environmental impact statements issued by the US government.  [Details]

  • Cambridge Journals Online

    Cambridge Journals Online is the online Cambridge University Press’s collection of several journals across the 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]

  • 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 ecology, economics, history, mathematics, music, political science, statistics, and other humanities 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). 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]

  • 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 Reference Center

    A comprehensive research database that provides easy access to full-text, science-oriented content. Designed to meet student researcher's needs, Science Reference Center contains full text for hundreds of science encyclopedias, reference books, periodicals and other sources.  [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, and economics.  [Details]

  • 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

  • Wiley Online Library

    A multidiscipinary collection of academic areas of study including social sciences, humanities, education, computer sciences, engineering, psychology, law and criminology, life sciences, and business.  [Details]

  • WorldCat Dissertations and Theses
    This database contains records for over 5 million items cataloged as dissertations, theses, or published materials based on theses or dissertations, in WorldCat, including titles provided by NetLibrary. The database allows users to quickly and efficiently retrieve records for theses and dissertations.
     [Details]

  • WorldCat [FirstSearch Interface]

    Books and other materials in libraries worldwide.  [Details]


Helpful Websites

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