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Physics

Finding Articles

Articles, essays, book chapters, conference proceedings, etc., can be found in databases subscribed to by Columbia University Libraries (CUL).  Barnard affiliates can access all the CUL resources, which includes over 1600 databases. 

Google Scholar

Google Scholar is a good place to start, but it has limitations. 

  • Because it's a full-text search, it can be hard to narrow down to the precise topic you're interested in.
  • You can narrow your search by specifying that your keywords are in the title, by using the advanced search or by putting allintitle: in front of the keywords.
  • Go to Settings and enable "Library Links" for Columbia University; this will make the Columbia e-Link show up in the results list so that you can easily go to the full text.

Top Databases for Scholarly Literature, including Articles, Conference Papers, etc.

  • arXiv.org
    Provides open access to preprints and eprints in physics, mathematics, computer science, quantitative biology, quantitative finance and statistics.
  • Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
    Data for physics and astrophysics, as well as articles, papers, and preprints, operated by the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory.
  • IEEE Xplore
    From the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, contains the full text of all IEEE, IEE, and IET journal articles, conference papers, and standards.
  • INSPEC / Compendex / Engineering Village
    Searches scholarly journal articles and conference proceedings in physics, astronomy, electrical & electronics engineering, computer sciences.
  • JoVE, the Journal of Visualized Experiments
    The world's first peer reviewed scientific video journal.
  • ScienceDirect
    A full-text scientific database with journal articles and book chapters from thousands of journals and books.
  • Scopus
    Excellent source for citation searching or finding original articles in physics.
  • SpringerMaterials: the Landolt-BoĢˆrnstein Database
    Fully evaluated data collection in all areas of physical sciences and engineering. It encompasses all volumes of Landolt-Börnstein New Series, the largest and most respected compilation of data in physics and chemistry founded in 1883, along with a number of unique and specialized databases.
  • Web of Science
    Scholarly articles in all disciplines, including astronomy/astrophysics. This database can also be used to identify articles that cite an author or article that you specify.