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Physics & Astronomy


FIND ARTICLES    Academic and Scholarly Articles
  Electronics and Communications Abstracts  Authentication Required 
    1981-present; updated monthly
This database provides international coverage as well as coverage of numerous non-serial publications. Sources covered include over 3,000 periodicals, conference proceedings, technical reports, trade journal/newsletter items, patents, books, and press releases.
  CSA Materials Research Database with METADEX  Authentication Required
    1966-present; updated monthly
This brings together the majority of the leading materials science databases, with specialist content on materials science, metallurgy, ceramics, polymers, and composites used in engineering application. Everything from raw materials and refining through processing, welding and fabrication to end uses, corrosion, performance and recycling is covered in depth for all metals, alloys, polymers, ceramics, and composites. Sources covered include over 3,000 periodicals, conference proceedings, technical reports, trade journal/newsletter items, patents, books, and press releases. 
  JSTOR  Full Text Available Authentication Required
    1831-2007, varies by title
Full-text backfiles to almost 850 scholarly journals from more than 25 academic disciplines published between the 19th and 21st centuries in the JSTOR Arts & Sciences I - IV, Arts & Sciences VII, and Biological Sciences collections. JSTOR provides complete journal backruns from the date of initial publication up to a "moving wall" of 3 to 5 years before the present year. 
  Mechanical Engineering Abstracts  Authentication Required
    1981-2002; no longer being updated
Summarizes the worldwide literature in mechanical engineering, engineering management, and production engineering, and reports on key developments published in journals, articles, and conference papers.
  ScienceDirect  Full Text Available Authentication Required
    1823-present, varies by title
Elsevier's scientific database for finding journal articles and book chapters from more than 2,500 peer-reviewed journals and more than 11,000 books. Perkins Library supplies full-text access to five journals via ScienceDirect: Animal Behaviour, Cell, The Lancet, The Lancet Infectious Diseases, and Molecular Cell
  Solid State and Superconductivity Abstracts  Authentication Required
    1981-present; updated monthly
Provides global coverage on all aspects of theory, production, and application of solid state materials and devices - as well as the new high- and low-temperature superconductivity technology. Some of the topics covered are phase, crystal, and mechanical properties of solids, conductive and magnetic properties, exotic electronic structure and energy gaps, SQUIDs, ceramics, twinning phenomena, and more. Sources covered include over 3,000 periodicals, conference proceedings, technical reports, trade journal/newsletter items, patents, books, and press releases.
  CSA Discovery Guides  Authentication Required
Discovery Guides brief you in the basics of a subject and offer recent insights, while providing the technological tools to enhance your understanding. Each guide links to CSA products that help you find pertinent information, discover publishing opportunities, identify scholars, and create a personal database.

    Electronic Journal Titles

  IOPScience Journals
  ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
  American Journal of Physics
  Chemistry of Materials
  Industry & Engineering Chemistry Research
  Journal of Chemical & Engineering Data
  Physics Teacher

    General Indexes to Magazine, Journal & Newspaper Articles


  Academic Search Complete  Full Text Available Authentication Required
    1887-present; updated daily
The world's most comprehensive scholarly, multi-disciplinary full-text database, Academic Search Complete indexes more than 11,200 journals, and provides full text for more than 7,100 full-text periodicals, including more than 6,100 peer-reviewed journals. Includes PDF content going back as far as 1887. Searchable cited references provided for more than 1,300 journals.
  OmniFile Full Text Mega  Full Text Available Authentication Required
Multi-disciplinary database for full-text articles from over 1,750 publications, and abstracts and citations for over 3,500 publications in subjects that include education, general science, social sciences, business, art, etc.


    Online Catalogs


  Doane's Online Library Catalog
A shared catalog of 10 Nebraska private-college libraries, including Perkins Library at Doane College. Search one library or all 10 by selecting from "Library" drop-down list.
  WorldCat  Authentication Required
    1000 CE-present; updated daily
Includes over 40 million bibliographic records representing cataloged resources in 400 languages owned by libraries around the world. Materials date back to the 11th century. Owning libraries can be identified for books, journals, archival resources and electronic resources. The database can also be searched through its free web interface, at


    Dissertations and Theses


  WorldCat Dissertations and Theses  Authentication Required
    updated daily
Index of over 8 million dissertations, theses and published material based on theses cataloged by member libraries, including all subjects.

    General Reference Works


  Oxford Reference Online  Full Text Available Authentication Required
Over 100 full text language and subject dictionaries and reference works. Topics covered include general reference, language, science and medicine, humanities, social sciences, and business.


    General Physics Sites

  Net Advance of Physics
From MIT; tutorials and reviews arranged like an encyclopedia.
From the Institute of Physics, includes a database of recommended Websites ranked by level of sophistication as well as general information about physics, physicists, and the history of the field.
  Physics Web
From the Institute of Physics; includes a "Best of Physics Web" feature sorted by subfield with interesting articles on new developments and issues. Physics
A directory of government-sponsored information.
A search engine for science web sites and journal articles (which may not be available for free).

    Astronomy and Astrophysics

Provides data from NASA missions.
The site for the federal space agency, including material for the general public as well as scientists.
  NASA Astrophysics Data System
Offers four bibliographic databases containing more than 3.6 million records. Also has links to full-text of many articles, reports, and even digitized books.
Customize and download your own maps of moons and planets.

    History of Physics

  Chymistry of Isaac Newton
From Indiana University and supported by the National Science Foundation, this site offers primary sources that highlight Newton's work on alchemy, some of which has never been published in another form.


  AIP Style Manual
Information on how to prepare papers and document sources.
  Physical Reference Data
From the National Institute of Standards and Technology; includes constants and spectroscopy data.

    Teaching Physics

Educational resources for high school and college-level physics and astronomy education; part of the National Science Digital Library.

    Technical Publications

  arXiv E-Print Archive
A freely-accessible collection of highly technical papers in the sciences, particularly strong in the area of high-energy physics. The object of the archive is to disseminate research findings quickly, so articles are not peer-reviewed (though some first posted in the archive are later formally reviewed and published). This was an early and important attempt to use the electronic environment for science research.
  DOE Information Bridge
Free access to Department of Energy (DOE) research and development reports, some of which relate to biology and environmental sciences.

*Descriptions for websites are from the Folke Bernadotte Memorial Library at Gustavus Adolphus College.