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Physics and Astronomy


Find articles relevant to your subject by searching databases.

Look at the guides to get the most from each database.

These databases are available for use by Leeds staff and students both on and off-site within the terms of the license agreements. Off-site users will need to login using their Leeds username and password.

You can also see a complete list of databases for Physics and Astronomy

Key databases

With coverage starting from 1996 this preprint database is a fully automated electronic archive and distribution server for research papers. It allows open access to over a million eprints in Physics, Mathematics, Computer Science, Quantitative Biology, Quantitative Finance and Statistics.

CAS SciFinder

Widely considered to be the best database for any chemical research, CAS SciFinder 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.


Register for SciFinder using your University email address. You will receive a unique username and password. You need to use this every time you access the database.

If you have any problems with registration or your SciFinder username and password, contact the CAS Help Desk.


Access SciFinder here

When off campus, you will be asked to enter both your University and your SciFinder username and password.

Guide to using CAS SciFinder

CAS SciFinder support pages

SciFinder demo outlining key features


A collection of full text chemistry reference books from Chapman & Hall (CRC Press). Includes the Combined Chemical Dictionary and the Handbook of Chemistry and Physics and are available to download as PDF files.


This database allows you to search for journal articles and conference proceedings in mathematics. It is the extended online equivalent of Mathematical Reviews and Current Mathematical Publications. It is updated daily and coverage starts from 1940.

NASA Astrophysics Data System

The NASA 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 eprints. With coverage starting from 1975 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 through the interface. Integrated in its databases, the ADS links to external resources, including electronic articles, data catalogues and archives.

SPIE Digital Library

This is the free search facility on the SPIE (The International Society for Optical Engineering - US) website, which allows you to search for SPIE papers, books and proceedings. We do not have a full text subscription, so you may need to search the Library Catalogue for any books or papers you require, to see if we have them in print.

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.

Quick start guide for using Web of Science