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There are a wide range of resources available to Physics students and researchers beyond the obvious journals, databases and websites. Here we list a selection we think you could find helpful.

Annals of Physics presents original work in all areas of basic physics research. The journal publishes papers on particular topics spanning theory, methodology, and applications

• ArXiv 

ArXiv is an e-print service in the fields of physics, mathematics, non-linear science, computer science, and quantitative biology. The contents of arXiv conform to Cornell University academic standards. arXiv is owned, operated and funded by Cornell University, a private not-for-profit educational institution

BNL is a multipurpose research institution funded mainly by the US Department of Energy's Office of Science. Research themes include energy security, photon sciences, QCD matter, physics of the universe and climate.


Website of the European-based organisation for nuclear research and home of the world's largest particle physics centre.

The CERN document server provides access to fulltext documents of interest to those working in particle physics and related areas covering preprints, books and journals.

Current Applied Physics is an international journal which covers all fields of applied science investigating the physics of advanced materials for future applications. Topics include experimental and theoretical aspects of advanced materials and devices dealing with synthesis or structural chemistry, physical and electronic properties, photonics, engineering application and measurement or analytical techniques. The journal covers physics, chemistry and materials science, including bio-materials, with their engineering aspects

An international journal spanning the whole spectrum of applied physics research. Areas covered include semiconductors and devices, nanomaterials and nanotechnologies, photonics, magnetism, imaging and biophysics

A not for profit organisation providing information on events and careers. Their website also links to open access electronic content of the society's newsletter Europhysics News.

Search for and compare companies, industries, sectors, economies and cities across the world. Includes macroeconomic data, industry and company reports and analysis, business news, product launches and ads, and job analytics. 

Library Basics Video Guide (further support videos are available within the database)

GlobalData User Guide

The website is designed to serve as a central resource for information about particle physics, including press release, articles, news, event listings, a blog watch and image bank.

The IUPAP aims to stimulate and promote international cooperation in physics. Their website provides access to news and conference information.

Based at the University of California the KITP is a scientific research facility where theorists in physics and allied fields come together to work on specific issues. The output of this work is available via the website including access to slides and pod casts relating to all aspects of physics and a preprint collection of journal articles.

• Knovel 

fully searchable in EBSCO Discovery

Knovel enables you to manipulate engineering data from a wide range of sources. In addition to full-text ebook content it also provides access to equations, materials and substances data, and interactive charts and graphs. Its materials database covers everything from mechanical to chemical properties data, corrosion data and material properties. Knovel provides interactive engineering tools that enable data analysis, and specialized data search and taxonomies that make it easy to discover answers to technical questions.

This is a video tutorial to get you started with Knovel.

This LibGuide from Elsevier provides more help and support.  And this marketing page from Elsevier gives a good overview of the support for learning and teaching that Knovel and Engineering Village can offer to all "engineers of the future".


There's a more detailed explanation of how useful Knovel can be here:

Also, don't miss the Knovel app:

• is a science, research and technology news service covering physics, earth science, medicine, nanotechnology, electronics, space, biology, chemistry, computer sciences, engineering, mathematics and other sciences and technologies. The site publishes approximately 100 articles a day and is useful for current awareness.

• PhysNet 

A worldwide network of Physics departments and documents providing a listing of open access physics journals plus links to topic, conference and careers information.


• News

Newspaper and magazine articles may be helpful although note that they are not considered 'scholarly resources'.

• Non-subject specific resources

Resources which are not subject specific but may be useful.


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