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Subject: Physics & Astronomy databases

Physics & Astronomy research guide

Physics & Astronomy titles

  • American Geophysical Union Journals   

    Geology eJournal database that covers the American Geophysical Union titles and other geological societies. On its own platform. Access limited to 2 simultaneous users.

  • Astronomy Image Explorer (AIE)    UW login not required

    The AIE provides quick and easy access to hundreds of thousands of images, illustrations, graphs, charts, and videos that have been published in peer-reviewed journals and is available free online to scientists and the public alike.

  • Book Citation Index   

    Index to scholarly books with citation information in the sciences, social sciences, and humanities. Part of the Web of Science Core Collection on the Web of Knowledge platform.

  • CHEMnetBASE   

    A collection of reference titles from CRC press coverting topics such as chemistry, physics, organic and inorganic compounds, and natural products.

  • Conference Proceedings Citation Index   

    Index to conference proceedings in the sciences and social sciences. Part of the Web of Science Core Collection on the Web of Knowledge platform.

  • Current Contents Connect   

    Database providing complete tables of contents, abstracts, and bibliographic information from the most recently published issues of leading scholarly journals. On the Web of Knowledge platform.

  • Data Citation Index   

    Index of data studies and data sets in international repositories, covering social sciences, physical sciences, life sciences, and arts & humanities, with citation information. On the Web of Knowledge platform.

  • Engineering Village   

    Engineering database platform that includes Compendex, Inspec and GEOBASE (all listed separately), which can be searched individually or together.

  • Essential Science Indicators   

    Science research analysis database showing publication performance statistics and trends data based on journal article publication counts and citation data from Thomson Reuters databases. On the InCites platform.

  • General Science (Gale OneFile)   

    The General Science Collection includes more than 350 full-text, non-embargoed journals and more than 1.6 million articles. Key subjects covered include the biological sciences, computing, engineering, and technology.

  • IEEE Xplore   

    Electrical engineering indexing/full-text database that covers eBooks, conference papers, eJournals and standards published by IEEE. On the IEEE platform.

  • Inspec and Inspec Archive   

    Physics, electrical engineering and computer engineering indexing database that covers journal articles and conference papers back to 1969 (and with the Archive back to 1898). On the Engineering Village platform.

  • IOP Science   

    Physics eJournal platform that provides the Institute of Physics (U.K.) journal articles back to 1899. On the IOP platform.

  • Knovel   

    Engineering indexing/full-text database that covers the publisher's books and reference sources and allows searching for numeric or tabular data. On the Knovel platform. An app for iOS and Android tablets, “My Knovel ToGo”, is available to permit offline reading.

  • Materials Project    UW login not required

    Database of computed information on known and predicted materials. Requires free login.

  • Materials Science & Engineering Collection   

    Materials Science and Engineering indexing database that covers journals, conference proceedings, technical reports, books and patents back to 1965. On the ProQuest platform.

  • MatWeb    UW login not required

    Searchable database of material properties, including data sheets of thermoplastic and thermoset polymers such as ABS, nylon, polycarbonate, polyester, polyethylene and polypropylene; metals such as aluminum, cobalt, copper, lead, magnesium, nickel, steel, superalloys, titanium and zinc alloys; ceramics; plus semiconductors, fibers, and other engineering materials.

  • Meteorological & Geoastrophysical Abstracts   

    This database provides resources drawn from the world's literature on meteorology, climatology, atmospheric chemistry and physics, astrophysics, hydrology, glaciology, physical oceanography, and environmental sciences.

  • Oxford Scholarship Online   

    Oxford platform featuring academic ebooks on subjects such as religion, economics, classical studies, political science, physics, literature, and linguistics.

  • Science (Gale in Context)   

    Science In Context integrates authoritative, curriculum-aligned reference content with headlines and videos, showing how scientific disciplines relate to real-world issues, from weather patterns to obesity. Millions of full-text articles are drawn from hundreds of national and global newspapers, magazines, and journals. More than 200 experiments and projects from U*X*L Experiment Central provide practical experience. Content is aligned to national and state science standards, including Common Core State Standards, Next Generation Science Standards, and Project 2061. Subject areas covered include biographies; biology; chemistry; earth and environmental science; general science; health and medicine; math, engineering and technology; and physics and astronomy.

  • Science Citation Index   

    Science indexing database covering journal articles and citation information back to 1900. Part of Web of Science on the Web of Knowledge platform.

  • Science Database   

    ProQuest Science Journals features over 1,145 titles—with more than 965 available in full text. In full-text format, researchers have access to all the charts, diagrams, graphs, tables, photos, and other graphical elements so vital to scientific and technical literature. Subject coverage includes: general science, materials science, aerospace, engineering, computers, physics, telecommunications, transportation, military, astronomy, biology, earth science, chemistry, and more.

  • Scitech Connect (OSTI - includes Energy Citations Database)    UW login not required

    Repository of technical reports, bibliographic citations, journal articles, conference papers, books, multimedia, and data funded by the U.S. Department of Energy from the 1940s to today. Consolidates the contents of OSTI's Information Bridge and Energy Citations Database.

  • SPIE Digital Library   

    Optics indexing/full-text database that provides SPIE eJournals, conference proceedings and eBooks back to 1990. On the SPIE platform.

  • Taylor & Francis Ebooks   

    Collection of ebooks on a wide variety of topics, including titles in the scientific, technical, and medical fields formerly hosted on the CRC NetBASE platform.

  • Web of Science (core collection)   

    Multidisciplinary indexing database that combines journal citation index databases in arts & humanities, social sciences and sciences, as well as conference proceedings and book citation indexes. The Current Chemical Reactions and Index Chemicus databases are also included in the Core Collection. All component databases can be searched separately as well.

  • Wiley Online Library   

    Multidisciplinary collection of library-licensed journals and ebooks published by Wiley and associated publishers.


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