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Guide to Finding
the Best Resources

Welcome! This page highlights key resources for conducting effective information research in astronomy.

If you need assistance identifying additional resources, search terms or strategies, please schedule a research consultation.

Personal Librarian:
Lois Coleman
306C Lehman Hall

Reference Sources

Finding Scientific Literature, including Articles, Conference Papers, and Preprints

    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.
  • Google Scholar
    Only finds scholarly materials - articles, books and citations - but searches full text, and will often find too many irrelevant articles.  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.
  • INSPEC / Compendex / Engineering Village
    Searches scholarly journal articles and conference proceedings in physics, astronomy, electrical & electronics engineering, computer sciences.
  • 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 and astronomy.
  • 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.

Finding Books

Citing Your Sources


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