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A resource guide for topics in physics.
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Physics Search Strategies

We recommend begining with ProQuest Research Library or Access Science (in the e-Resources box, below). If you don't find what you're looking for, move on to the More e-Resources and Other e-Resources boxes. Here are some tips for using all of these tools.


  • ProQuest: Use Advanced Search. Before you proceeding, type physics in one of your search fields, and use the drop-down to limit that field to Subject heading (all) - SU. Then enter your search terms in the other search fields and click "Search".
  • Access SciencePhysics is a top-level topic which includes many subheadings. Go to Advanced Search, choose the Search by Topic tab, and check Physics before entering your terms and clicking the magnifying glass.

More e-Resources

  • Springerlink: Choose the Physics collection from the left sidebar. Enter your search terms at any time. You can further Refine Your Search by making selections on the sidebar. You may want to uncheck Include Preview-Only content.
  • ScienceDirect: Use Advanced Search. Before proceeding, choose Subscribed sources under Source and Physics and Astronomy under SubjectThen enter your search terms in the other search fields and click Search.
  • EBSCOhost & Wiley: These sources don't offer as much as the others, but they do contain papers on applied physics in industry and medicine. To search, use the same strategy outlined above for ProQuest. Consider limiting results to full-text, peer-reviewed, academic journals (when these options are present).

Citing Your Sources: Includes resources to help you cite your work in the American Institue of Physics (AIP) style.

Other e-Resources: Includes websites of scholarly and professional societies with content and collections related to physics. Some content may not be free of charge, e.g., some research papers may be citation only (not full-text).

e-Resources (available through library subscriptions)

  • ProQuest Research Library
    Searchable full text database of articles in the humanities, sciences and social sciences.
  • AccessScience
    McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia Collection of Science and Technology and more.

More e-Resources (available through library subscriptions)

  • Springerlink
    Over 1500 journals in the sciences and social sciences.
  • Science Direct
    Searchable collection of over 2,500 journals from Elsevier publishers. The library subscribes to over 1,100 which are available full text.
  • EBSCOhost
    Gateway to all current EBSCO subscriptions including EBSCOhost Research Databases, Business Searching Interface, Biological Abstracts, CINAHL with Full Text, PsycINFO, PsycARTICLES, HAPI, and the EBSCO eBook Collection.
  • Wiley Journals
    Collection of journals in the sciences and social sciences.

Citing Your Sources

  • The AIP Style
    • To see examples of citations written in the style required by the American Institute of Physics (AIP), download any of the "Sample Manuscripts for AIP Journals" from this page, and refer to Table III.
    • For more help in writing, editing, and preparing physics manuscripts for publication in AIP Journals, see the "Author Resource Center" section of the site.
  • Guide to Citing and Referencing in The AIP Style  
    Monash University's excellent guide includes citation examples for modern media like eBooks, online journals and websites.

Other e-Resources (available free on the Internet)

  • arXiv
    An e-print archive in the fields of physics, mathematics, non-linear science, computer science, and quantitative biology operated by Cornell University.
  • DOAJ: Physics
    The Directory of Open Access Journals. To locate physics resources, apply the "Physics" Subject when searching the directory.
  • LOC's Selected Internet Resources - Physics
    The Library of Congress's Selected Internet Resources in Physics indexes the websites of professional societies and prominent laboratories, among other institutions.
  • NIST's Physics Portal
    National Institute of Standards and Technology's top-level index for physics topics.
  • NIST's Publications Portal
    Database of publications by the National Institute of Standards and Technology. Choose "physics" under "By topic area:" to limit your search results. (Fulltext is not available for all citations.)
  • Selected Papers of Great American Physicists
    Hosted by the American Institute of Physics (AIP)

Search Google Scholar

Google Scholar is Google’s tool for searching scholarly literature.

  • Just search using the field below. In your search results, look for the Find Full Text at USciences link next to individual results and click it to access full text via our e-resource subscriptions. (The link should only appear next to full text items in our collection.)
  • If you do not see the Find Full Text at USciences link next to an item you would like to read, look beneath the citation for a link that reads All (#) versions. If present, click this link to see all the locations the item is hosted online. In some instances, free access to the item may be available through one of these locations. If not, consider placing a request via ILLiad for the item.

Important Note: Google Scholar's search results are not exhaustive, so do not assume that you have found "everything" on your topic via Scholar. It is just one tool to employ in your searches.

Physics Journals

Among the Physics journals that USciences library receives are these listed below. 
Check Our Journal List/e-Book List for these and other titles (be sure the Journals tab, not e-Books is selected when searching).

American Physical Society titles:

·     Physical Review Letters -- internet

·     Physical Review Online Archive -- internet

·     Physics (now: Journal of Applied Physics) -- print

·     Review of Modern Physics

Other titles:

·    American Journal of Physics -- print+internet

·    Annals of Physics -- internet

·     Brazilian Journal of Physics -- internet

·     Bulletin of the Russian Academy of Sciences: Physics -- internet

·    Canadian Journal of Physics -- internet

·    Central European Journal of Physics -- internet

·    Chemical Physics -- internet

·     Chemical Physics Letters-- internet

·    Communication in Mathematical Physics -- internet

·    Computational Mathematics and Mathematical Physics -- internet

·    Current AppliedPhysics -- internet

·    Fortshritte der Physik / Progress of Physics -- internet

·    Foundations of Physics -- internet

·    Glass Physics and Chemistry -- internet

·    Health Physics -- internet

·    Journal of Applied Mechanics and Technical Physics -- internet

·    Journal of Atmospheric and Solar-Terrestrial Physics -- internet

·    Journal of Biological Physics -- internet

·    Journal of Chemical Physics -- print

·    Journal of Computational Physics -- internet

·    Journal of Contemporary Physics -- internet

·    Journal of Engineering Physics and Thermophysics (Formerly: Journal of Engineering Physics. New York) -- internet

·    Journal of Geometry and Physics -- internet

·    Journal of High Energy Physics -- internet

·    Journal of Low Temperature Physics -- internet

·    Journal of Medical Physics -- internet

·    Journal of Physics and Chemistry of Solids -- internet

·    Journal of Statistical Physics -- internet

Need an article from a journal we don't have? We'll get it for you through ILLiad.


    Books & e-Books

    There are several ways to search for books and e-books:

    • Library Catalog (cataLyst)
      Search the library catalog for books on your topic. Use this link to enter the full catalog interface, or use the Search field at the top of this guide to do a quick search (make sure to choose "Library Catalog (cataLyst)" from the drop-down menu first).
    • E-ZBorrow
      If you don't find what you're looking for in the Library Catalog, use E-ZBorrow to borrow books from other libraries, free of charge.
    • Our e-Book List
      Use our e-Book List to search for e-books owned by USciences. Be sure to click the e-Books tab to highlight it before searching.
    • eBook Collection (via EBSCOhost)
      If you don't find what you need in Our e-Book List, use EBSCO's eBook database to search for and access e-books in a variety of subjects.

    Featured Books from Our Collection

    Click a title/author link to check availability in the library catalog (cataLyst)A status of Not Charged indicates the book is available.

    Cover Art
    Biophysics - Roland Glaser
    Call Number: QT 34 G548
    ISBN: 9783642252112
    Publication Date: 2012-04-20
    Biophysics is the science of physical principles underlying all processes of life, including the dynamics and kinetics of biological systems. This fully revised 2nd English edition is an introductory text that spans all steps of biological organization from the molecular to the organism level, as well as influences of environmental factors. In response to the enormous progress recently made, especially in theoretical and molecular biophysics, the author has updated the text, integrating new results and developments concerning: protein folding and dynamics; molecular aspects of membrane assembly and transport; noise-enhanced processes; and photo-biophysics.

    Cover Art
    Edge of the Universe - Paul Halpern
    Call Number: QB 982 H195
    ISBN: 9780470636244
    Publication Date: 2012-10-02

    FACULTY TITLE! This new addition to the collection was written by USciences' own Dr. Paul Halpern.

    The observable universe, the part we can see with telescopes, is incredibly vast. Yet recent theories suggest that there is far more to the universe than what our instruments record--in fact, it could be infinite. Colossal flows of galaxies, large empty regions called voids, and other unexplained phenomena offer clues that our own "bubble universe" could be part of a greater realm called the multiverse. How big is the observable universe? What it is made of? What lies beyond it? Was there a time before the Big Bang? Could space have unseen dimensions? In this book, physicist and science writer Paul Halpern explains what we know--and what we hope to soon find out--about our extraordinary cosmos.

    Cover Art
    Physics of the Human Body - Richard Powell McCall
    Call Number: QT 34 M122
    ISBN: 0801894557
    Publication Date: 2010-04-22
    Richard P. McCall's book explains how basic concepts of physics apply to the fundamental activities and responses of the human body, a veritable physics laboratory.

    Blood pumping through our veins is a vital example of Poiseuille flow; the act of running requires friction to propel the runner forward; and the quality of our eyesight demonstrates how properties of light enable us to correct near- and far-sightedness.

    Each chapter discusses a fundamental physics concept and relates it to the anatomy and physiology of applicable parts of the body. Topics include motion, fluids and pressure, temperature and heat, speech and hearing, electrical behaviors, optics, biological effects of radiation, and drug concentrations.

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