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Physics and Astronomy Research Guide: Home

Information resources for Physics and Astronomy research and study

Start Here \ Best Databases

  • Astrophysics Data System - Digital Library portal for researchers in Astronomy and Physics, operated by the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory.
  • arXiv Article Preprints - Open e-print archive with over 100000 articles in physics, 10000 in mathematics, and 1000 in computer science.
  • Google Scholar - Scholarly literature across many disciplines and sources.
  • Web of Science - Indexes the world's leading peer reviewed literature in the sciences, social sciences, arts and humanities and provides searching of cited references from 1900 to the present.

Other Relevant Databases

For an overview of the Cycle of Scientific Communication click here: Scientific Communication.

For an outline of a Comprehensive Science Literature Review click here: Science Literature Review.

For tips on improving database search results click here: Improving Database Search Results.


Suggested databases:

  • Academic Search Complete - Multidisciplinary, full-text database.
  • Astronomy and Astrophysics Abstracts, 1969-2000 (520 X A859)
  • Dissertations, Proquest Digital - Indexes doctoral dissertations.
  • INSPIRE: High Energy Physics Database - A comprehensive database of particle physics literature.
  • MathSciNet - Mathematics and statistics literature produced by the American Mathematical Society.
  • Physics Abstracts, 1941-2000 (530 X S416)
  • - Comprehensive access to United States government science information and research results. Federated search results including fulltext research and technical reports from 14 U.S. federal agencies including over 40 databases, almost 2,000 web sites, and 200 millions pages of information. NOTE: provides similar access to foreign agencies.
  • SciFinder - Comprehensive index to chemistry information and literature; note first time use registration instructions.
  • Scitation - American Institute of Physics - Find physics, engineering, and general science journal articles, conference proceedings, and other special publications from the American Institute of Physics.


Search specialized journals when looking for articles on your research topic. Some of the suggested browsing examples are: Advances in Physics; Annual Review of Astronomy and Astrophysics; Annual Review of Nuclear and Particle Science; Astronomy and Astrophysics Review; Nature; Physical Review; Reviews of Modern Physics; Science.


To Browse Journal Titles click here: Mansfield Library Journals or here Citation Linker.

Browse or Search Ejournal Packages (NOTE: Some allow keyword searching of article fulltext):

For an explanation of Popular vs. Scholarly (magazines versus research journals) click here: Popular vs. Scholarly.

For an explanation of Peer Review click here: Peer Review in 5 Minutes.

For an overview of placing article alerts click here: Article Alerts.

To evaluate, compare, and rank journals using citation data click on: Journal Citation Reports or Scimago.

Book Catalogs

Book catalog resources:

  • WorldCat - All time periods; Library Union Catalog; Books, Media, Government Documents, etc.
  • Google Book Search - Snippet and full-text views of books as they are scanned by the Google Book Project.
  • OneSearch - Mansfield Library collections.

Main Dewey Decimal call numbers for browsing Physics materials in the Mansfield Library book stacks: 530-539.

Main Dewey Decimal call numbers for browsing Astronomy materials in the Mansfield Library book stacks: 520-529.

For a detailed view of Dewey Decimal call numbers click on: Dewey Decimal Classification Summaries.

Dictionaries, Encyclopedias & Handbooks

Web Sites - Search Engines

For hints on how to use search engines effectively, take a look at the following: Finding and Evaluating Web Sites.


Some suggested search engines are:

Citation Guides

Here are some resources to help you manage your bibliographies:

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Barry Brown
Barry Brown

Science Librarian

Head, Access & Collection Services

Mansfield Library, The University of Montana

32 Campus Drive. #9936

Missoula, MT 59812-9936

406-243-6811; Office ML 327