Physics & astronomy

Some useful resources for Physics & astronomy are listed below.

ACM Digital Library

Access information:Access on and off campus
Description:Full text of every journal article and conference proceedings ever published by the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM) and bibliographic citations from major publishers in computing.

Key Resource E-Print Repository

Access information:Free access on and off-campus from Cornell University.
Description:Searchable, full-text repository of author-submitted research papers for physics, mathematics, non-linear science, computer science and quantitative biology. Originally hosted by Los Alamos National Laboratory, this is a moderated repository which has an author endorsement system in operation. Papers in are often pre-prints but the published version of articles may also be available. Email alerts or RSS feeds available.
Limited citation searching is possible via CiteBase (but for a published paper use the Science Citation Index).

CERN Document Server (CDS)

Access information:Free access on and off-campus from CERN.
Description:Approximately 950,000 bibliographic records for particle physics material and related areas, includes 360,000 full text documents and covers preprints, articles, books, journals, photographs and standards. Email alerts or RSS feeds are available.

Chemical Database Service (CDS)

Access information:On-campus. VPN from off-campus. In addition, personal registration for CSD.
Description:Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) plans a data repository to include core database services and interrogatory tools to add value.
Coverage:Cambridge Structural Database (CSD), ACD/ILab, Accelrys' Available Chemicals Directory, RSC's ChemSpider database and FIZ Karlsruhe's Inorganic Crystal Structure Database (ICSD).

Computer Index of Nuclear Reaction Data (CINDA)

Access information:Free access on and off-campus.
Description:Bibliographic references to measurements, calculations, reviews, and evaluations of neutron cross-sections and other microscopic neutron data; it also includes index references to computer libraries of numerical neutron data available from four regional neutron data centers. Since 2005, database is extended by photonuclear and charged particle reaction data.
Coverage:2005 to present.

IEEE/IEE Electronic Library

Access information:Access on and off campus.
Description:A digital library providing full text access to the world's highest quality technical literature in electrical engineering, computer science, and electronics. Contains full text documents from IEEE journals, transactions, magazines, letters, conference proceedings, standards, and IET (Institution of Engineering and Technology) publications.

Inspec Archive

Access information:Access on and off-campus to the Inspec archive.
Description:Records with abstracts of articles published, in more than 6,500 physics, computer science, electronics, electrical engineering, control engineering journals and conference proceedings. Published by the Institution of Engineering and Technology
Note:University of Edinburgh has paid for access to the Archive only.

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Access information:Freely available from University of Nottingham.
Description:More than 7.8 million astronomy and astrophysics, instrumentation, physics and geophysics bibliographic records from journals, conference proceedings, several Observatory reports and newsletters, many NASA reports, and PhD theses. Also, includes scans of more than 200,000 articles from astrophysical publications. Email alerts and RSS feeds available


Access information:Access on and off campus.
Description:Abstract and citation database containing both peer-reviewed research literature and quality web sources. Covers 19,500 journals from health, life, physical and social sciences and the humanities.
Coverage:For some subject areas, from the 1820s onwards.

softwareMATH (swMATH)

Access information:Freely available.
Description:Database of information on mathematical software. Includes systematic linking of software packages with relevant mathematical publications (from ZentralblattMATH).
Articles describe the background and technical details of a program or publications in which a piece of software is applied or used for research.

SPIRES High-Energy Physics Literature Database (SPIRES-HEP)

Access information:Free access for all from Stanford University.
Description:Searchable, full-text repository containing more than 500,000 high-energy physics related articles, including journal papers, preprints, e-prints, technical reports and conference papers. Additional databases include HEP related institutions, researchers, conferences and experiment summaries. Email alerts or RSS feeds available.
Coverage:From 1974 onwards.

Additional information

Limited cited reference searching is possible via CiteBase but for a published paper also use the Science Citation Index:

Key Resource

Web of Science

Access information:Access on and off campus.
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Description:Citations and abstracts to millions of journal articles and conference proceedings from all subjects. Web of Science section has the ISI Citation Indexes and Cited Reference Search. Email alerts available.
Journal impact factors from Journal Citation Reports.
Coverage (see separate entries for details):Arts and Humanities Citation Index - 2,300 journals; 1975 onwards. Science Citation Index - 8,300 journals; 1900 onwards. Social Sciences Citation Index - 2,700 journals; 1900 onwards.
BIOSIS Citation Index - 3,700 journals, 2,000 meetings; 1926 onwards.
Conference Proceedings Citation Indexes - 1990 onwards.
AlsoBook Citation Index, Data Citation Index, MEDLINE, Zoological Record

Finding articles which have in their reference lists a work you found useful ('cited reference searching'):

Journal Citation Reports:


Access information:Access on and off campus.
Description: Provides access to the British Library’s Electronic Table of Contents of approximately 20,000 current journals and 16,000 conference proceedings published per year. The database covers all subjects and is updated daily. Table of Contents alerts are available.
Coverage:1993 to date.

Additional information

Information on how to access ZETOC using a Z39.50 client such as EndNote:

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