Welcome to the Ames Library's subject guide for physics. The resources listed in this guide include research databases as well as specific physics journals. Also included are several inks to preprint servers, which contain the latest physics research. For help with your research or any of these resources, please feel free to contact me.
The following databases are arranged by depth of physics, astronomy, and related science coverage. Science Citation Index has coverage of all aspects within physics and astronomy, while Academic Search Premier covers broad topics in science. An IWU netID and password are required for off campus access.
- Academic Search Premier
Provides full text for over 4,600 journals and magazines, including book reviews, in a wide variety of disciplines, including biology, chemistry, engineering, physics, psychology, religion & theology and more. Excellent starting point.
e-print service in the fields of physics, mathematics, non-linear science, computer science, quantitative biology, quantitative finance and statistics. arXiv is owned and operated by Cornell University, a private not-for-profit educational institution.
- Astrophysical Data System
Resource for researchers in astronomy, astrophysics, and physics, operated by the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (SAO) under a NASA grant. Contains more than 9.2 million records.
- Physics Abstracts 1921-30; 1941-48; 1961-78(print). Location: QC1.P46 (4th floor)
Use this print resource to find abstracts for publications from 1921-1978 that may not be included in more recent research databases.
- Royal Society Historical Journal Archive
Contains around 60,000 historical scientific papers published more than 70 years ago by The Royal Society, one of the world's oldest scientific publishers. Included is the first edition of Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society, appearing in 1665.
- Web of Science: Science Citation Index
This database indexes leading science and technology journals as well as some symposia proceedings. It features cited reference searching, which allows users to discover who has cited a particular article or author. Coverage goes back to 1975.