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.
Databases will search of many journals to help you find articles related to your topics. Some databases will provide the full article while some will just provide you with a summary which the full articles can be requested through Interlibrary Loan.
Provides open access (free access) to pre-print drafts of journal articles. Select "Physics" in the subject search or scroll down to see all subtopics in physics.
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 more accessible views, replace arXiv with ar5iv in any article URL. See ar5iv.org for more info.
Search for journals and books in science, technology, and medicine.
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.
Provides abstracts (summaries) of journals in Astronomy and Astrophysics, Physics, and the arXiv.
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
An open access (free) digital library for the field of High Energy Physics.
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