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Physics & astronomy

Useful resources for finding academic literature for Physics and Astronomy.

 

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.

 

 

ArXiv.org is a key resource

ArXiv.org E-Print Repository

Access information: 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 arXiv.org 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).
Coverage: 1991-present.
 
 

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.

 

 

Computer Index of Nuclear Reaction Data (CINDA)

Access information: Freely available.
Description:

Bibliographic references to measurements, calculations, reviews, and evaluations of neutron cross-sections and other microscopic neutron data. Includes index references to numerical neutron data from four regional neutron data centers.

Photonuclear and charged particle reaction data included since 2005.

Coverage: Two automatic updates from EXFOR and NSR each year.

 

 

CRC Handbook of Chemistry and Physics online

Access information: Access on and off campus
Description:

Physical property data and mathematical formulae. Tables are interactive. Structure and property searching is available.

Also includes current international recommendations on nomenclature, symbols, and units. Plus biographies of renowned chemists and physicists.

Coverage: Updated 99th edition.

 

 

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 is a key resource

Inspec

Access information: Access on and off campus.
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. Indexes arXiv content.
Coverage: 1896-present

 

 

INSPIRE High-Energy Physics Literature Database (formerly SPIRES)

Access information: Freely available.
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 1930s onwards.
Additional information:

Limited cited reference searching is possible but for a published paper also use Web of Science:

 

 

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

 

 

Physical Sciences Data-science Service (PSDS)

Access information:

Free at the point of access for students and academics of UK academic institutions.

Personal registration may be required for some services. VPN service may be required to register from off campus.

Description:

A suite of chemistry databases and tools provided by the University of Southampton and the Science and Technology Facilities Council. Funded by the EPSRC.

Coverage: Cambridge Structural Database (CSD), DETHERM, ACD/ILab, BIOVIA Available Chemicals Directory (ACD),  FIZ Karlsruhe's Inorganic Crystal Structure Database (ICSD), CrystalWorks and SPRESIweb.
Additional information:

About the Physical Sciences Data-science Service

(Science & Technology Facilities Services [Daresbury] hosted CrystalWorks access)

 

 

SCOAP3 Repository

Access information: Free access on and off-campus from SCOAP3 consortium.
Description: Full-text, open access articles from 10 (as of July 2014) High Energy Physics journals.

 

 

Access information: Access on and off campus.
Description: Abstract and citation database containing both peer-reviewed research literature and quality web sources.  Contains over 16 million author profiles, 70,000 institutional profiles, 5000 publishers, 70 million records, 1.4 billion cited references, covers over 20,000 journals from health, life, physical and social sciences and the humanities.
Coverage: For some subject areas, from 1788 onwards.  
Note: The University of Edinburgh's Affiliation ID is 60027272 (used for configuring Papers 3 for Mac to work with Scopus).
Note: If you would like to register to receive personalised searches, alerts etc then select "Other Institution login", then add "Edinburgh" to the search box to find the University of Edinburgh log in link, select the Shibboleth option if requested.

 

 

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.
 

 

Web of Science Core Collection is a key resource

Web of Science Core Collection

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. Impact factors, h-indexes and email alerts available.

Detailed information about Web of Science

Coverage:

Citation Indexes: Science and Social Sciences (both 1900 onwards), Arts & Humanities (1975 onwards), Conference Proceedings in Science and Social Science & Humanities (both 1990 onwards), Books in Science and Social Sciences & Humanities (both 2005 onwards). KCI-Korean Journal Database (1980 onwards), SciELO Citation Index (1997 onwards).

Chemical Indexes: Current Chemical Reactions (1986 onwards), Institut National de la Propriete Industrielle structure data (1840 onwards), Index Chemicus (1993 onwards).

Help:

Publisher userguide

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

 

Journal Citation Reports: 

Impact Factors (pdf)

 

 

ZETOC

Access information: Access on and off campus.
Description:

Provides access to the British Library’s Electronic Table of Contents of approximately 35,200 current journals and more than 58 million article citations and conference papers. The database covers all subjects and is updated daily.

Zetoc Alert is a current awareness service that sends you email alerts matching the search criteria that you have provided whenever new data is loaded into the database. The alerts may be for particular journals, for authors or for keywords from the titles of articles and papers. These email Alerts will be sent on the day the new data is loaded into the database (the database is updated each weekday so this can be as soon as 72 hours after publication). There is no limit on the number of Alerts lists that people can create, although there is a limit of 50 journals or searches in each Alert list.

Zetoc Search allows you to search over 58 million journal and conference records. 3 search options are available: General Search to search for both journal articles and conference proceedings, Journal Search to search for journal articles, and Conference Search to search for just conference proceedings. Enter information into the search boxes provided and click 'Search' in order to retrieve your search results. Search results are displayed as brief records, divided into fields which are labelled to indicate their content e.g. title, author(s) etc. Click on a record's article title to view the full record. In the "Full text options" section of any Zetoc full record there are options to link to the full text (if available to you via your institution). Open Access  records will have links to view the full text on the publisher website or Europe PMC.

Zetoc RSS enables you to subscribe to feeds for individual journals. You can subscribe to the feed in various ways, depending on your chosen RSS reader.

Coverage: 1993 to date. Updated daily.
Additional information:

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

NHS Staff and other authorised users: The Knowledge Network