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Databases for Physics 

Do you have an assignment? Are you able to find the best articles on your topic i.e. beyond those on your reading list? To find details of the relevant articles and conference papers from across thousands of journal titles, you will need to use the following databases (no single database covers all relevant literature).

When you find a reference of interest, click on the Links button to find out whether the Library provides access to the full document, either online or within the Library's print collection.  

Core databases

Further databases 

  • Google Scholar: advanced search recommended: to get full-text articles, best to access via University/library webpages or set preferences to University of Bath - Google Scholar searches the content of many institutional repositories which are used by some Physics academics to deposit copies of their papers
  • IOP Science: easy access to scientific, technical & medical journal content published by the Institute of Physics: date coverage from 1874 onwards 
  • KNOVEL: Searchable full text access to 2,000 leading handbooks, databases, encyclopedia and reference books 
  • LaTeX Search: search for equations across Springer publications by searching by keyword, DOI or LaTeX code/string - results include full code string & image of the equation plus related links 
  • NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS): contains citations & documents created or sponsored by NASA from 1958 onwards, and citations & reports from its predecessor NACA (1915-1958).  The site also provides access to the NIX Collection of citations, images, movies & videos from NASA.  The images are generally available for educational & information purposes, but please check the copyright statement with each individual image. 
  • Opus: repository of journal/conference papers, theses & other research undertaken by the University of Bath academics & researchers
  • SAO/NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS): covers Astrophysics, Planetary Sciences & Solar Physics: the article service links to full text articles from major astronomical journals (most recent issues not normally available) - can also search arXiv e-prints
  • arXiv.org: e-Print Archive hosted at Cornell University providing e-prints in physics, mathematics, non-linear science, computer science, quantitative biology, quantitative finance & statistics. 
  • Zetoc: you can search the British Library's Tables of Contents via this webpage: useful for searching conference proceedings & other papers - you can also set up email alerts to receive latest tables of journal contents