Ferrofluid, Steve Jurvetson, Wikimedia Commons

Guide to Finding
the Best Resources

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

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.
  • 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-Börnstein 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

Finding Books

Citing Your Sources