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Databases are the primary way of finding journal articles. Databases consist of indexes which list information about the articles such as author, title, journal information, and subject(s). Sometimes abstracts, or summaries, are included. Some databases also have the full text of the articles, in which case you can also search for keywords in the text. When the full text of an article is not available in the database, use the journal finder to find full text, search the library catalog for the journal, or request the article through Interlibrary Loan. A list of Physics journals available through the library is available through the journal finder.
Peer-reviewed, refereed, or scholarly journals have articles that have been reviewed by experts in the field. Not all articles in peer-reviewed journals are reviewed, however. Some may be news, opinion, or short reports. Many databases are either all peer-reviewed journals or have a check box to limit a search to just peer-reviewed journals.
Subject Specific Databases
These databases specialize in providing physics and science related articles.
For each of the databases below, click on "more..." to read a description of that database's content.
arXiv is an e-print service in the fields of physics, mathematics, non-linear science, computer science, quantitative biology, quantitative finance and statistics. arXiv is owned and operated by Cornell University, a private not-for-profit educational institution.
For non-full text articles & chapters, contact Rebecca Hedreen for document delivery
Search interface for journals and books from Elsevier, one of the world's premier publishers in science, technology, and medicine. We have a limited number of current journals in ScienceDirect (back to 1995), a few back files (up to 1995), and no books. Document Delivery may be available, contact the Reference Desk.
Free web database from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), consisting of abstracts (not full text) of several million journal articles and conference papers and full text of 850,000(+) reports and white papers on the peaceful use of atomic energy. Use our Journal Finder to locate full text articles.
An abstracting service offering a search interface into the scientific and technical literature covering astronomy, planetary science, physics, and the arXiv e-prints. Check the Journal Finder for additional full text
Biophysics and biomedical physics, pollution, environmental technology, etc.
The collection contains biological science related full-text articles, granular access to figures and tables within articles, and the entire range of bibliographic records from Biological Sciences database. Supporting over two dozen areas of expertise, Biological Sciences provides access to literature from serials, as well as conference proceedings, technical reports, monographs and selected books and patents.
Pay careful attention to search syntax and 'How To Search" help notes. INSPIRE is run by a collaboration of CERN, DESY, Fermilab, IHEP, and SLAC, and interacts closely with HEP publishers, arXiv.org, NASA-ADS, PDG, HEPDATA and other information resources
Journals from the American Physical Society. Most of the collection is full text (but not everything).
Google Scholar is Google's version of a library database. Google Scholar searches publishers' websites, academic sites (.edu), and other "scholarly" resources. Some of our own databases are covered, so you can use Google Scholar to search ScienceDirect, JSTOR, and BioOne all at the same time. However, many of the articles are not available directly to non-subscribers. By using the Google Scholar search box on the Library Homepage, the Google Scholar with SCSU Login database link, or adding Southern Connecticut to Scholar's Preferences on your computer, you can access our subscriptions as well as whatever is free on the web. See the Guide to Google Scholar below for instructions on setting the preferences, and for search tips.
National Agriculture Library database book article citations agriculture agriculture-related science animal science veterinary science entomology plant science forestry aquaculture fisheries plant genetics climatology pesticides soil science water resources water management human nutrition food composition food safety food storage parasitology parasites ecology environment biology bioinformatics microbiology bacteriology
AGRICOLA is the National Agriculture Library۪s database of book and article citations about agriculture and agriculture-related science and issues. Please use the CONSULS Library Catalog, the Journal s by Title search, and our Interlibrary Loan Service, rather than the request service within the database.
agriculture, ecosystem ecology, energy, renewable energy sources, natural resources, marine & freshwater science, geography, pollution & waste management, environmental technology, environmental law, public policy, social impacts, urban planning, economic development, new product development, sustainable development, business ethics, strategic planning, economics
Environment Complete offers deep coverage in applicable areas of agriculture, ecosystem ecology, energy, renewable energy sources, natural resources, marine & freshwater science, geography, pollution & waste management, environmental technology, environmental law, public policy, social impacts, urban planning, and more.
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ERIC, the Education Resource Information Center, provides access to education literature and resources on all levels of education and all aspects of the field. The database provides access to information from journals included in the Current Index of Journals in Education and Resources in Education Index. The database contains more than 1,300,000 records and links to more than 317,000 full-text documents dating back to 1966.
Mathematical logic Set theory Combinatorics Order Classical algebra Number theory Field theory polynomials Algebraic geometry Linear multilinear matrix Group Topological Real functions Differential equations operational calculus Dynamical systems ergodic Finite Fourier analysis Integral Operator Geometry Convex discrete topology Probability theory stochastic Statistics Numerical analysis Computer science Fluid mechanics Optics electromagnetic physics thermodynamics heat transfer Quantum theory Statistical mechanics structure of matter Relativity gravitational Astronomy astrophysics Geophysics Game theory economics social behavioral sciences Biology natural behavioral Systems theory Information and communication circuits Mathematics education
Mathematical Reviews on the Web. MathSciNet is an electronic publication offering access to a carefully maintained and easily searchable database of reviews, abstracts and bibliographic information for much of the mathematical sciences literature.
medicine nursing dentistry veterinary health care system pre-clinical sciences Allergy and Immunology Anesthesiology Cardiovascular Dermatology Gastroenterology Gynecology Obstetrics Internal Neurology Oncology Ophthalmology Otorhinolaryngology Pathology Pediatrics Pharmacy materia medica Psychiatry Sports Medicine Surgery Therapeutics Urology Nursing Public Health administration management insurance policy/Pubmed
MEDLINE provides authoritative medical information on medicine, nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, the health care system, pre-clinical sciences, and much more. Created by the National Library of Medicine, MEDLINE uses MeSH (Medical Subject Headings) indexing with tree hierarchy, subheadings and explosion capabilities to search citations from over 4,800 current biomedical journals. Use instead of PubMed.
These databases cover many topics, but have selected full text from a variety of physics related journals, books, and reports. PhD dissertations and Masters theses are usually great sources for research topic ideas, literature reviews, and methods.
For each of the databases below, click on "more..." to read a description of that database's content.
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This multi-disciplinary database provides indexing, abstracts and much full text for academic journals, magazines, trade publications, and newspapers on every topic.
Agriculture, Food Sciences, Arts, Architecture, Biology, Life Sciences, Business, Economics, Chemistry, Earth, Environmental Sciences, Health Sciences, History, Archaeology, Languages, Literatures, Law, Political Science, Mathematics, Statistics, Philosophy, Religion, Physics, Astronomy, Science, Social Sciences, Technology , Engineering
The Directory of Open Access Journal consists of free, online, full text, scholarly journals on all subjects from around the world. DOAJ lists several thousand journals, about half of which are searchable at the article level.
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Includes archives of over one thousand leading academic journals across the humanities, social sciences, and sciences, as well as select monographs and other materials valuable for academic work. Journals are always included from volume 1, issue 1 and include previous and related titles. The most recently published issues (past 3-5 years) are not available. However, users can search this material and link to the publisher's site or other online source for access. Searchable without full text library subscriptions at http://www.jstor.org/ and via Google Scholar