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Key databases for Physics and Astronomy

If you need to find journal articles about a subject that you are researching or studying, it is important to search journal databases. Type your topic into the search screen of the database to obtain a list of relevant journal articles, and remember to look at help screens or Library guides to make the most of what is on offer.

Below is a list of journal databases which are most often used in Physics and Astronomy. You can also see a complete list of databases for Physics and Astronomy available from the Library.

ArXiv.org

This preprint database is a fully automated electronic archive and distribution server for research papers. It covers areas such as physics and related disciplines, mathematics, nonlinear sciences, computational linguistics, and neuroscience.

Guide to using ArXiv.org

Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The Astrophysics Data System (ADS) is a NASA-funded project which maintains three bibliographic databases containing more than 4.8 million records: Astronomy and Astrophysics, Physics, and ArXiv e-prints. The main body of data in the ADS consists of bibliographic records, which are searchable through Abstract Service query forms, and full-text scans of much of the astronomical literature, which can be browsed though the Browse interface. Integrated in its databases, the ADS provides access and pointers to a wealth of external resources, including electronic articles, data catalogs and archives.

Engineering Village

Subjects covered include engineering geology, environmental science, nanotechnology, geophysics, petroleum engineering and physics. This is the biggest and broadest engineering and computing database in the world. Search for journal articles, technical reports and conference proceedings. Includes the research databases Compendex and Inspec and the book collection Referex. It is better to de-select Referex if you are looking specifically for articles, as it improves the search.

Guide to using Engineering Village

Web of Science

Search for journal articles using three databases; Science Citation Index, Social Science Citation Index and Arts and Humanities Citation Index. A current awareness service provides citation alerts for newly added journal articles. Each database is updated weekly.

Guide to using Web of Science

British Standards Online

The full text of British Standards, covering: specifications for products, dimensions, and performance; methods; codes of practice; guides and glossaries. Also find BS equivalents to ISO and EN standards. Updated daily.

Guide to using British Standards Online

SciFinder

The online version of Chemical Abstracts. It is widely considered to be the best database for any chemical research and also includes the major medical database Medline. It includes journal references, patent information and chemical substance and reaction data. The full CAS Registry file, containing the chemical structures and dictionary information for the 24 million substances identified by the CAS Registry System, is also included. You must register for access. Updated daily.

Guide to using SciFinder

Scopus

Scopus is a large abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature from more than 18,500 journals and quality web sources, with smart tools to track, analyze and visualize research.

Guide to using Scopus