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Popular Physics & Astronomy Resources

  • INSPEC (Web of Science)
    Web of Science consists of a number of citation databases, containing information from thousands of scholarly journals and conference proceedings in all areas of research. The databases contain the references cited by the authors of the journal articles they cover. The cited references can be used as search terms, allowing a published work to be used to find other, later works that cite it. In addition, the databases can be searched by topic, author, source title, and address. Full text is available by linking to subscribed journals. Coverage is variable according to database.
  • Scopus
    Citations and abstracts of over 20,000 peer-reviewed journals in the scientific, technical, medical and social science fields.
  • ScienceDirect
    ScienceDirect is a database that contains the full text of Elsevier books, journals and reference works and also includes citations and abstracts of other journals.
  • IOPscience.
    IOPscience provides a cross searchable interface for the journals published by the Institute of Physics. Full text access is available for subscribed journals. Coverage varies according to the journal.
  • APS physics journals
    This searchable database provides access to articles in the journals produced by the American Physical Society.
    This e-print service presents papers in physics & related disciplines, mathematics, nonlinear science, computer science, and quantitative biology.
  • CERN document server.
    A searchable database, the CERN Document Server contains over 900,000 bibliographic records, including 360,000 fulltext documents, of interest to people working in particle physics and related areas. It covers preprints, articles, books, journals, theses, photographs, etc. The Articles & Preprints collection aims to cover as far as possible the published and pre-published literature in particle physics and its related technologies. The documents originate from articles published in journals, preprints, technical reports, conference presentations, scientific committee documents and theses - all comprehensively indexed by the CERN Scientific Information Service.
  • Scitation.
    Produced by the American Institute of Physics, this searchable database provides access to more than 1 million documents from scholarly journals, magazines and other special publications from scientific societies and technical publishers in the areas of physics and associated disciplines. Fulltext is available to subscribed journals. Cross searchable with Scitation is the SPIN (Searchable Physics Information Notices) database, which differs from Scitation in that it includes articles from other online platforms.
  • SPIE Digital Library
    Search on optics & photonics from SPIE journals and proceedings.
  • AGU's digital library .
    The AGU Digital Library is a comprehensive collection of more than 100 years of earth and space science research as published in the American Geophysical Union's journals. The library contains articles from journals dating back to 1896. Full text and Boolean searching across publications is available. Book titles will be added as they are available.
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  • ProQuest SciTech
    Full text articles on natural sciences, engineering and technology. Includes materials science, aerospace engineering, computer science, environmental science and more.

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