Database List

The following 13 databases are best for: Physics

See our Physics & Astronomy Research Guide for more information on researching this subject.

Core Physics Databases

Institute of Physics

Applied Science & Technology Full Text

Web of Science


All Physics Databases

Annual Reviews    
Contains review articles that summarize the progress in some particular area or topic. Includes coverage of the biomedical sciences, life sciences, physical sciences and social sciences. You can search across the entire database or limit your search by subject area.
  • Coverage Range: 1932-Present (varies by series)
  • Some Full-Text
  • Vendor: Annual Reviews Inc.
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Applied Science & Technology Full Text    
Provides information on trends in the scientific and technological fields. Topics include engineering, acoustics, chemistry, computers, metallurgy, physics, plastics, telecommunications, transportation, and waste management. Citations from 1983 to present. Selected full-text from 1997 and later only.
  • Coverage Range: 1983-present
  • Some Full-Text
  • Vendor: EBSCO (WilsonWeb)
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Applied Science & Technology Source    
Applied Science & Technology Source offers extensive coverage of research and development within the applied sciences and computing disciplines by combining high-quality databases from both EBSCO Publishing and H.W. Wilson. This premier resource offers full text for almost 1,200 journals, citations to millions of articles. The content within Applied Science & Technology Source derives from numerous sources, including leading trade journals, professional and technical society journals, and conference proceedings.
  • Coverage Range: 1913 to present
  • Full-Text
  • Vendor: Ebsco
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arXiv.org e-Print archive    
Open access to 552,095 e-prints in Physics, Mathematics, Computer Science, Quantitative Biology, Quantitative Finance and Statistics. These articles have NOT necessarily been formally published yet, and may not be in their final form.
  • Coverage Range: 
  • Full-Text
  • Vendor: Cornell University

 
Complete Dictionary of Scientific Biography    
Provides information on the history of science through articles on the professional lives of scientists. All periods of science from classical antiquity to modern times are represented.
  • Coverage Range: All time periods
  • Full-Text
  • Vendor: GALE Cengage Learning

 
General Science Full Text    
Covers everything from supernovas to marine pollution. A good starting point for researchers seeking information on a variety of scientific topics.
  • Coverage Range: 1984-present
  • Some Full-Text
  • Vendor: EBSCO (WilsonWeb)
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Institute of Physics    
Access to premium peer-reviewed journals in physics and related fields.
  • Coverage Range: Coverage: Varied
  • Full-Text
  • Vendor: IOP Science
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Journal of Visualized Experiments (JoVE)    
Peer reviewed journal that publishes biological, medical, chemical and physical research in video format.
  • Coverage Range: 2006 to present
  • Full-Text
  • Vendor: JoVE

 
MathSciNet    
Covers the world's mathematical literature and literature in computer science, statistics, econometrics, and applications in areas such as physics, engineering, biology, and information systems.
  • Coverage Range: 1940 to present
  • Citations Only
  • Vendor: American Mathematical Society

 
SAO/NASA Astrophysics Data System    
Portal for researchers in Astronomy and Physics, operated by the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (SAO) under a NASA grant. The ADS maintains three bibliographic databases containing more than 7.8 million records: Astronomy and Astrophysics, Physics, and arXiv e-prints. No "Get It!" button option but provides interesting options for tailoring your search (http://adsabs.harvard.edu/ads_abstracts.html).
  • Coverage Range: 
  • Citations Only
  • Vendor: Harvard University
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ScienceDirect    
A collection of articles focusing on science, technology and medicine.
  • Coverage Range: Varied some 1850 to present
  • Some Full-Text
  • Vendor: Elsevier
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Web of Knowledge    
Simultaneously search Web of Science (Science Citation Index, Social Sciences Citation Index, Book Citation Index, Current Chemical Reactions and Index Chemicus), BIOSIS Citation Index, Current Contents Connect, Data Citation Index, Derwent Patents Index, Zoological Record, and MEDLINE.
  • Coverage Range: varies; mostly 1965 to present
  • Citations Only
  • Vendor: THOMSON REUTERS

 
Web of Science    
Searches both social science and science materials, and allows the user to see what other articles have cited a chosen paper. Provides access to Science and Social Sciences Citation Indexes (1900-present), Conference Proceedings Citation Index (1990-present) Book Citation Index (2005-present), Current Chemical Reactions (1985-present), and Index Chemicus (1993-present).
  • Coverage Range: 1900-present
  • Citations Only
  • Vendor: THOMSON REUTERS
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