This page will help you get more out of your Library resources for your assignments, projects and dissertations in Physics.

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Getting Started

Options for getting started with Library resources.


Options for finding book material.

For some assignments, our Discovery Service will give you enough sources to work with.

Sometimes you may want to try specific databases or journals - perhaps your lecturer has recommended particular names as a good way of finding articles. This page lists key sources for Physics:

Check out this video on how to find journal titles.

Check out this introductory video on finding journal articles.

If we don't have an item you're interested in, we may be able to obtain it via Interlibrary Loan.

Not all databases we have access to contain the full text of an article.  Some contain the bibliographic data and an abstract or summary of the contents.  If you want to do wider searches and literature reviews which draw on the width of the literature, you'll need to do a little more work and include results from these indexing databases in your research.  Indexing databases may link through to full text where we have it, if not try an Interlibrary Loan.

The Directory of Open Access Journals covers free, full text, quality controlled scientific and scholarly journals, covering all subjects and languages

Engineering Village consists of three bibliographic databases, GEOBASE, GeoRef and Compendex. GEOBASE is a multidisciplinary database of bibliographic information and abstracts that indexes journal literature across the earth sciences including geology, human and physical geography, environmental sciences, oceanography and geomechanics from 1980-present. GeoRef covers geological literature from North America (1785-present), plus geological literature from the rest of the world (1933-present).

Compendex is the most comprehensive bibliographic database of scientific and technical engineering and computing research available. This may be of use to GIS students.

There's a quick search video tutorial and a Refining Results video tutorial

There's not a video for the Expert Search, but there are help pages here, which are very useful. 

Indexes to journal articles and conference proceedings for a wide range of topics including engineering . This includes Compendex and INSPEC.

• Scopus 

Scopus is the largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature: scientific journals, books and conference proceedings. Delivering a comprehensive overview of the world's research output in the fields of science, technology, medicine, social sciences, and arts and humanities. Scopus features smart tools to track, analyze and visualize research.

• TechRxiv 

TechRxiv (pronounced "tech archive") is an open, moderated preprint server for unpublished research in the areas of engineering, computer science, and related technology.

Additional access instructions:

If you can't click through to the full text of this database, consider an interlibrary loan.


Zetoc is a database of the tables of contents from journals held by the British Library. It has a search function or you can select any journal held by the BL and have the table of contents emailed to you as soon as a new issue is published.



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