Selected Resources for: Physics

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This page provides of list of article indexes, databases, and more relevant to the study of physics (see related subject page on astronomy). The School of Physics and Astronomy provides a list of current topics studied at the University of Minnesota.

Article Databases and Indexes

Academic or Scholarly Articles Subject Indexes

Open access to 408,881 e-prints in Physics, Mathematics, Computer Science and Quantitative Biology.

Click here for public access. Provides access to scholarly and technical literature in three major areas: 1) astronomy and astrophysics (approximately 330,000 abstracts; 2) instrumentation(approximately 460,000 abstracts); and 3) physics and geophysics (approximately 220,000 abstracts). In addition, the database has extended the abstract service to include links to scanned images of over 40,000 journal articles for articles appearing in most of the major astronomical journals. Literature types indexed are mostly journal articles, conference proceedings, NASA reports, and many Ph.D. theses.

Provides extensive indexing of scholarly and technical periodicals, conference proceedings, and report literature in all engineering disciplines including applied physics, electronics, materials science, and related fields in science and management. Indexes nearly 3000 sources worldwide.

Provides comprehensive coverage of scholarly literature in the fields of physics and astrophysics. Indexed are primarily journal articles and conference papers, with some books,technical reports, and dissertations. The database provides bibliographic citations plus abstracts, with "Find It" links to full text when available.

INSPIRE is jointly developed by CERN, DESY, Fermilab and SLAC, and builds on four decades of hand-curated SPIRES content and Invenio Digital Library software. It offers faster and smarter searches, detailed results, direct access to figures, co-cited articles and full-text searches. Many more features will be released in the next few months, in partnership with arXiv, ADS and leading publishers in the field.

Indexes over 11,000 international journals in the sciences, social sciences, and arts and humanities. Titles of the print equivalent are: Arts and Humanities Citation Index, Book Citation, Science Citation Index, and Social Sciences Citation Index. Coverage runs from 1975 to the present. Basic truncation symbol is the asterisk(*).

Catalogs and Bibliographies


Search for books, conference proceedings, journals, maps, videos, and other items in our collection.

This resource is licensed by the MINITEX Library Information Network with state appropriations from the Minnesota Higher Education Services Office (MHESO) and the Minnesota Department of Education

Covers all subjects.

Provides bibliographic citations of books, serials, manuscripts, maps, music scores, sound recordings, films, theses/dissertations, and machine-readable data files published worldwide. Provides holdings information for nearly 30,000 libraries. Producer/Publisher is OCLC Online Computer Library Center, Inc.

The Libraries' subscription to this resource allows for 65 users at any one time. If you get a busy signal, please wait a few minutes and try accessing the site again.

General Reference Sources

Biographical Sources

Provides brief factual information on approximately 130,000 living scientists in biology, physical sciences, public health, mathematics, statistics, and computer science. Includes birthdate, education, professional career, and honors received.

Historical archive which documents the work of many women who have made original and important contributions to physics this century. Biographical information is also included.

A searchable biographical dictionary of scientists, covering all areas of science: physics and astronomy to medicine and ecology, including key figures in the fields of mathematics and technology.

A comprehensive list of the winners of the Nobel Prize in Physics. Includes biographical information, text of presentation speeches, and text of Nobel Lectures.


This dictionary contains over 3,700 clear and concise entries, covering all commonly encountered physics terms and concepts, including terms relating to astronomy, astrophysics, and physical chemistry.


Directory of Physics & Astronomy Staff Members

Published every two years by the American Institute of Physics.

A well-selected set of internet links to scholarly societies, associations, institutes, interest groups, and consortia in the field.


Basic principles, in-depth coverage, and real world applications for technically pertinent areas of modern-day physics and related fields. The encyclopedia comprehensively covers topics like optics, laser physics, solid state and semiconductor physics, atom and nuclear physics, and biophysics.

The Encyclopedia of Mathematical Physics covers the interaction between physics and mathematics with over 400 authoritative articles on subjects ranging from classical mechanics to dynamical systems, quantum field theory, and differential geometry. The content is intended primarily for experienced researchers, but also for beginning graduate students. Published in 2006, with updates to follow.

Handbooks and Manuals

This book is a compendium of mathematical formulas, tables, and graphs. It contains a table of analytical integrals, differential equations, and numerical series; and includes tables of trigonometric and hyperbolic functions, tables for numerical integration, rules for differentiation and integration, and techniques for point interpolation and function approximation. Additionally, it devotes a entire section to mathematical and physical constants as fractions and powers of Pi, e, and prime numbers; and discusses statistics by presenting combinatorial analysis and probability functions.

Physical Property Data

Annually published reference source for chemical & physical property data, nomenclature, structure, & composition of substances. Includes physical constants of organic & inorganic compounds, conversion factors, & much more.

Provides "the values of the basic constants and conversion factors of physics and chemistry..." From the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).

Provides access to collection of more than 80 databases of well-documented numeric data (including the NIST Chemistry WebBook and other sources of chemical and physical properties) from the National Institute of Standards & Technology (NIST). The data are from a variety of scientific disciplines including biotechnology, chemistry, materials science, mathematical modeling, physics, and more. Searchable by keywords, properties, and substances.

Originally published by Smithsonian Institution Press in 1954, this classic reference source comprises 901 tables of general interest to scientists and engineers, and of particular interest to those involved with physics in its larger sense. In 2003, Knovel undertook the conversion of this publication into full-text searchable electronic format that makes data easily accessible.

Internet Resources

Internet Directory

Searchable database of federal government reports, data and web sites; limited in scope, but a good starting point for government-produced information.

Web Sites

"The Center works to preserve archival materials; conducts oral history interviews; maintains an International Catalog of Sources for History of Physics and Allied Sciences; provides reference services to historians, educators, journalists, and others; and carries out educational and scholarly projects." The site features information about the Center's Programs and Services, information on the Niels Bohr Library, and the Emilio Segrè Visual Archives. Also available is the virtual exhibit "Einstein: Image and Impact."

The American Physical Society represents some 42,000 physicists, and most of their work centers on scientific meetings and publications-the primary ways that physicists communicate with each other. With Physics Central, they communicate the excitement and importance of physics to everyone. They invite you to visit their site every week to find out how physics is part of your world. They'll answer your questions on how things work and keep you informed with daily updates on physics in the news. They'll describe the latest research and the people who are doing it and, if you want more, where to go on the web.

Periodical and Newspaper subscriptions

Electronic Journal Collections

Access to conferences from 2000 to the present with a 12 month delay.

Electronic Journal Titles

Lists physics journals available online.

E-journal lists covering other Science and Engineering topics: astronomy, chemistry, engineering subject areas, earth sciences, etc.

News Sources

News briefings and hot topics from the American Institute of Physics.

News stories for the current week from the AAAS (American Association for the Advancement of Science). Access to full-text stories may require that you register online (free).

Brief coverage of newsworthy physics stories, from January 1996 to the present. Update weekly.

Primary Source Materials

Archival Materials

Societies, Agencies, and Organizations

Official Agency & Organization Websites

Remote access available for University of Minnesota -- Twin Cities students, staff and faculty

Remote access available for University of Minnesota -- Twin Cities students, staff, and faculty

Style Manuals and Writing Guides

Style Manuals

The American Institute of Physics' guide to writing, editing, and preparing physics manuscripts for publication. Prepared under the direction of the AIP Publication Board.

Library Information

Science and Engineering Library

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