Physics and Astronomy Research Guide

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Try these databases first to find journal articles in this discipline.
  • INSPEC (1969 to present)
    Index of publications in all areas of physics, engineering, and computer sciences.
  • Web of Science (1984 to present)
    Search thousands of journals across the sciences and social sciences and track cited references to locate more recent articles.
  • NASA Astrophysics Data System (1502 to present)
    Index of resources covering the disciplines of astronomy and physics

For more databases, use the subject filter on A-Z Databases


Use these encyclopedias and reference works to get started on a topic.
  • Reference Universe
    Searchable index of the library's entire reference collection, both print and electronic.


Find streaming audio and video in these collections.
  • Kanopy Streaming Video
    Kanopy offers a broad selection of thousands of streaming films, documentaries, and theatrical releases covering a wide variety of subject areas, with additional new releases launched monthly. If close-captioning is not included, it can be requested. Interactive transcripts are included. Note that US feature films are not typically part of the Kanopy offerings.


Start with these recommended freely available resources in this discipline.

Translate journal abbreviation using JAbbr or All that JAS

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    Citing Sources

    Zotero [zoh-TAIR-oh] is a free application that collects, manages, and formats citations and bibliographies. Zotero also helps organize your research by allowing you to attach PDFs, notes, and images to your references. You can arrange your sources into collections for different projects and tag them for easy searching.  You can get information about installing and using Zotero on the Library's guide on to How to Cite Sources.  Zotero can also be used with LaTeX:

    Princeton Guide to Zotero with BibTeX/LaTeX

    For more information about how to appropriately use sources in your work, visit these guides:

    The Writing Center's Using Sources Guide

    Univ. of Wisconsin-Madison Writer's Handbook on Avoiding Plagiarism

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      The cuneiform uranology texts : drawing the constellations (Beaulieu, Paul-Alain, author.) Frost Library; QB19 .B43 2018

      Burned alive : Giordano Bruno, Galileo and the Inquisition (Martínez, Alberto A., author.) Frost Library; QB29 .M37 2018

      On gravity : a brief tour of a weighty subject (Zee, A., author.) Frost Library; QB331 .Z44 2018

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      Einstein's mass-energy equation (Fernflores, Francisco, author.) Frost Library; QC173.65 .F476 2018

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      Solid state insurrection : how the science of substance made American physics matter (Martin, Joseph D., author.) Frost Library; QC176 .M278 2018

      Modern classical physics (Thorne, Kip S., author.) Frost Library; QC21.3 .T46 2017

      High static dead lines : sonic spectres and the object hereafter (Gallerneaux, Kristen, author.) Frost Library; QC220 .G35 2018

      Atom land : a guided tour through the strange (and impossibly small) world of particle physics (Butterworth, Jon, author.) Frost Library; QC793.26 .B747 2018

      Experimental studies of neutrino oscillations (Kajita, Takaaki, 1959- author.) Frost Library; QC793.5.N425 K35 2016

      Conjuring the universe : the origins of the laws of nature (Atkins, P. W. (Peter William), 1940-, author.) Frost Library; QC806 .A85 2018