Subject Pages

Physics - Finding Articles

For some assignments, our Discovery Service will give you enough sources to work with.

Sometimes you may want to try specific databases or journals – perhaps your lecturer has recommended particular names as a good way of finding articles. This page lists key sources for Physics:

Click on the button bars below to show/hide suggested resources.

• 

Engineering Village not in Discovery 

Indexes to journal articles and conference proceedings for a wide range of topics including engineering . This includes Compendex and INSPEC. A guide to this database can be accessed here.

• 

IoP electronic journals not in Discovery 

Access 43 high quality academic journals in full-text covering the world of physics from applied physics, gravity, cosmology, medical physics, nanotechnology through to optical science, radiology, and scientific instrumentation

• 

The Physical Review Online Archive (PROLA) is the American Physical Society's online archive for Physical Review Letters, Reviews of Modern Physics, and Physical Review A–E. It contains all APS journal articles published from 1893–2005.

• 

ScienceDirect's extensive and unique full text database covers authoritative titles from the core scientific literature, published by Elsevier.

• 

Scopus not in Discovery 

Scopus is the largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature: scientific journals, books and conference proceedings. Delivering a comprehensive overview of the world's research output in the fields of science, technology, medicine, social sciences, and arts and humanities. Scopus features smart tools to track, analyze and visualize research.

• 

Web of Science – part of the Web of Knowledge collection of databases – consists of a number of databases containing information gathered from thousands of scholarly journals, books, book series, reports and conferences. Three citation databases (Science Citation Index Expanded (1970-), Social Sciences Citation Index and Arts (1975-) and Humanities Citation Index (1975-)) also contain the references cited by the authors of the articles. You can use these references to do cited reference searching, allowing you to find articles that cite a previously published work. Conference Proceedings Citation Index – Science includes the published literature of the most significant conferences, symposia, seminars, colloquia, workshops, and conventions in a wide range of scientific disciplines.

A guide to this resource can be found at: http://www.lib-guides.port.ac.uk/LG592.pdf

• 

ZETOC not in Discovery 

Zetoc is a database of the tables of contents from journals held by the British Library. It has a search function or you can select any journal held by the BL and have the table of contents emailed to you as soon as a new issue is published.

• 

Annals of Physics presents original work in all areas of basic physics research.  The journal publishes papers on particular topics spanning theory, methodology, and applications

• 

Current Applied Physics is an international journal which covers all fields of applied science investigating the physics of advanced materials for future applications.  Topics include experimental and theoretical aspects of advanced materials and devices dealing with synthesis or structural chemistry, physical and electronic properties, photonics, engineering application and measurement or analytical techniques.  The journal covers physics, chemistry and materials science, including bio-materials, with their engineering aspects

• 

An international journal spanning the whole spectrum of applied physics research.  Areas covered include semiconductors and devices, nanomaterials and nanotechnologies, photonics, magnetism, imaging and biophysics

• 

An open access journal publishing conference proceedings covering all topics in physics with the exception of high energy physics

• 

Each issue of Physics Reports focuses on a single specialist topic.  The report will include introductory material and an extended literature review.  Important developments and trends are highlighted and full references are provided to the original literature.  Examples of topics include atom lasers, rogue waves, magnetic resonance imaging and quantum turbulence.

• 

A monthly magazine including features from the world’s leading physicists and science writers, news and analysis, opinion pieces, careers advice and reviews of books and multimedia.  Useful for current awareness. Available in print only.

• 

Journal of the American Association for the Advancement of Science containing research, news and commentary.  Campus use only

Physics books can be found on the First Floor of the Library. Remember that you must use the Library Catalogue to find the books you want rather than just browsing the shelves.

See also:

You may also find relevant resources listed under: Computing and Engineering (Electrical and Mechanical).

Your Subject Team

Marie Hounsome

(Faculty Librarian)

Email: marie.hounsome@port.ac.uk

Phone:(023) 9284 3236

Ann Hindson

(Assistant Faculty Librarian)

Email: lib-sci-tech@port.ac.uk

Phone:(023) 9284 3268

Sarah Weston

(Assistant Faculty Librarian)

Email: lib-sci-tech@port.ac.uk

Phone:(023) 9284 3268