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Primary subject databases
Database Description
Inspec Comprehensive access to the literature in physics, computing, engineering, and information technology. View Full Description
Scitation Journal content in the field of physics published by AIP, APS, ASCE, ASME, SPIE, etc. View Full Description

Main databases

Secondary subject databases
Database Description
CRC Handbook of Chemistry and Physics The most recent edition of a handbook of key data, constants, terms in chemistry and physics. View Full Description
EBSCOhost databases (all) Search all EBSCOhost databases at once. View Full Description
IEEE Xplore Digital Library Electrical and computer engineering journals, conference proceedings and standards from IEEE/IET. View Full Description
IOPscience Journal platform for the Institute of Physics. View Full Description
ProQuest databases (all) Search all ProQuest databases at once. View Full Description
Web of Science Core Collection Citation indexes for the arts & humanities, the social sciences, and the sciences. View Full Description

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Tertiary subject databases
Database Description
Google Scholar Searches for articles and web resources from academic publishers and universities. View Full Description
ingentaconnect Academic and professional journals in various subject areas by various publishers. View Full Description
MathSciNet Reviews, with abstracts, to the world's literature in mathematics and related areas. View Full Description
Scholars Portal Books Electronic books from various publishers and coverage various subjects. View Full Description
Scholars Portal Journals Several thousand full-text electronic journals; especially strong in sciences and social sciences. View Full Description
Science Citation Index (included in Web of Science) View Full Description
ScienceDirect Journals and books published by Elsevier, primarily in the sciences. View Full Description

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American Institute of Physics

  • Has been chartered to promote the advancement and diffusion of physics knowledge and its application. At their site you will be able to read select scientific papers free of charge. Articles are available for document delivery even if you do not subscribe to their journal.

American Journal of Physics

  • Includes an online index for articles since 1972. The index can be downloaded at no cost.

Brown University High Energy Physics Group

  • Presents a user friendly resource called "Physics Around the Web".

Community of Science

  • A global registry designed to provide accurate, timely and easy-to-access information about new funding opportunities and who is working on what subjects and where.

Digital Einstein

  • Princeton University Press proudly presents The Digital Einstein Papers, an open-access site for The Collected Papers of Albert Einstein, the ongoing publication of Einstein's massive written legacy comprising more than 30,000 unique documents.

Eric Weisstein's World of Physics

High Energy Physics Web Sites

  • Has a multitude of links to universities and research centres dealing with this area of physics. CERN - the European Laboratory for Particle Physics has provided the site.

Kan Academy on Physics

MarsQuest Online

  • Deals with the current exploration of the planet Mars.


  • The Optical Society of America provides links to academic, industry and government organizations that pursue optics and photonics research and applications.

Physical Reference Data

  • Produced by the National Institute of Standards & Technology. This site promotes the areas of physical constants, atomic & molecular spectroscopic data, x-ray & gamma-ray data.

PhysNet: the Worldwide Physics Departments and Documents Network.

  • Provides a stable information service for physics.

Science's Next Wave

  • A weekly online not-for-profit publication that covers scientific training, career development, the science job market, and current news items and scientific debates. Next Wave is a joint publication of Science Magazine and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Scirus: For Scientific Information Only

  • Scirus is a science-specific search engine which examines over 167 million science related Web pages.

The Feynman Lectures on Physics

The Physics Classroom

The "Virtual"~ Physics Center

  • A massive collection of information and links for physics.

Searching Google

Default Search Settings or How Google Interprets your Query:

Implicit AND

Google returns pages that match all your search terms with the term Search terms are automatically combined using AND

Exact Matching

Google returns pages that match your search terms exactly

Word Variations

Google returns pages that match variants of your search terms. This means that it will automatically look for correct spelling of misspelled words

Common-Word Exclusion

Google ignores some common words called “stop words,” the, on, where, how

32-Word Limit

Search queries limited to 32 words

Not case sensitive

Capital letters of search terms are ignored


Searches documents by keyword

Word order

Google gives more priority to pages that have search terms in the same order as the query

Ignoring Punctuation

Google ignores most punctuation and special characters including . ; ? [ ] ( ) @ / * < >


Automatic – no additional symbols required to search for alternative word endings

Search results

Displays by relevance attributed to Google’s algorithm

Compound words

Searches both the compound word and the with a space between the words airline air line

Options to Refine your Search; Crafting Queries with Special Characters, Operators and Symbols:

“phrase searching”

Use quotations marks around phrases “birds eye”

OR and |

Interchangeable use of OR or |. Results include either search term. OR must be capital letters tourism OR travel


Exclude use –immediately before a search term you want to exclude wine -barrel


Specify the results contain numbers in a range 1800..2000


Use *, an asterisk character, known as a wildcard, to match one or more words in a phrase (enclosed in quotes) “Google * my life”


Use ~(the tilde symbol) immediately before a search term to include synonyms ~tourism


Finds results with your search term in the document title intitle:tourism


Finds results with your search terms in the document title allintitle:confidential


Finds results with your search term in the URL inurl:healthy


Finds results with your search terms in the URL allinurl:google.faq


Finds results about the web page


Finds results with content related to a specific website



Limits your search results to a specific file type. Examples of file types include; doc xls ppt mp4 filetype:pdf


Limits your search to searching within a specific site


Use to see what sites link to a specific website


Find definitions sourced from a range of online resources define:tourist


See what a cached version of the site looked like. The last time that Google crawled the site



Proximity search based on the number n. AROUND has to be capitalized CBC AROUND(20) Harper


Find prices Nexus $


Find popular hashtags for trending topics #leftoverturkey


Connect two works. Your search results will find this pair of works linked together or connected with underscore dog_house


Include movie: to find movie-related information Movie:blade runner


Reverse lookup using Google Phonebook:555-555-1212

LaTeX and BibTeX

  • a freely available typesetting system that produces professional looking publications
  • useful for writing documents that contain mathematical formulas or equations
  • create documents with LaTeX using an editor or just using a plain text editor
  • prepare your text using special commands to produce effects such as heading styles, bold or italic emphasis, mathematical symbols etc.
  • files are formatted as .tex files (do not use accents or spaces in the file name)
  • the source code generates printable PDFs that comply with editorial standards
  • LaTeX Project
  • BibTeX Project
  • An updated version of LaTeX is called MikTeX