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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.
An abstract and citation database with a single search platform searching content from ScienceDirect, Scopus, SciTopics, and relevant Web content.
Search within a comprehensive interdisciplinary collection of journal article citations. Subjects generally covered are within Science and technology, arts and humanities, and social sciences . Use the citation web to find articles and journals with the most impact. Coverage runs from 1975 to the present. Help can be found on their website.
Catalogs and Bibliographies
Search for books, conference proceedings, journals, maps, videos, and other items in our collection.
Find books, journals, articles, maps, music scores, sound recordings, films, theses/dissertations, machine-readable data files, and any other materials available in libraries worldwide. This covers all subject areas. Request items through Interlibrary Loan using the ILLiad link on each item's record. WorldCat is produced by OCLC (Online Computer Library Center, Inc.)
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General Reference 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.
Published every two years by the American Institute of Physics.
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.
"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 from AIP (American Institute of Physics).
Electronic Journal Titles
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).
Primary Source Materials
Societies, Agencies, and Organizations
Official Agency & Organization Websites
Remote access available for University of Minnesota -- Twin Cities students, staff and faculty