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Databases and Journals - Physics and Astronomy
Use these databases and collections of journals to find scholarly articles for most topics in Physics and Astronomy. The first three databases listed (Web of Science, ArXiv, and ADS) are recommended places to start.
Web of Science Web of Science Help
| Searches articles in over 7,100 science journals, including what papers are cited in and citing each article. Use for citation chasing, preliminary searches on a topic, interdisciplinary work, and finding more articles like one you've read.
ArXiv.org User Help
| Searches open access pre-prints in physics, astronomy, math, and other sciences. Use for finding the most current research, especially papers not yet published; less useful for finding all literature on a topic. Can also be searched in ADS (below).
Astrophysics Data System (ADS) Search Help
| Searches three databases: Astronomy and Astrophysics, Physics, and arXiv e-prints. Especially useful for astronomy; also good for exporting arXiv results to bibliographic managers.
CDS - CERN Document Server (1980+)
| Covers particle physics preprints, articles, books, proceedings, and more; many documents are full-text. Use for particle physics topics only.
| Searches multiple open access e-print websites and databases, primarily in physics but including other sciences. Includes journal pre-prints, conference papers, and more. Documents are not necessarily peer-reviewed or traditionally published; use with caution if looking for sources to cite.
| Collection of particle physics literature, primarily taken from arXiv (along with journals and some other sources). Can be used in lieu of other databases to keep results to particle physics only.
Databases - Related Disciplines
Use these databases, along with multidisciplinary databases such as Web of Science, to find papers on topics connected to other disciplines.
One of the premier databases of biological literature. Use it to find biological articles and how they are cited.
Use for finding articles on education.
Core geosciences database produced by the American Geological Institute. Coverage: North America 1669-present; worldwide 1933-present.
Use SciFinder Scholar to search Chemical Abstracts, which also indexes life sciences articles and patents, plus MEDLINE.