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Scholarly sources for Physics research

Scholarly sources, which are normally published in journals, as book chapters, or in conference proceedings, usually cover specific topics at a fairly deep level. In Physics, scholarly sources may include research articles, conference proceedings, or pre-print (not yet peer reviewed) articles.

From this page you can 

  • See recommended databases for Physics, where you can search for articles by title, author or topic 
  • Access journals in Physics, to browse recent issues and see what scholars are discussing there 
  • Learn how to read a research article

What is a database and why use one

What is a scholarly database? 

A scholarly database organizes the best quality, most relevant information for a field or discipline in one place so it can be searched. Because there is so much scholarly research and so many different fields, databases specialize in which kinds of information or tools they provide. 

Why use a scholarly database? 

Scholarly databases take into account the important publications and research methods of a field or discipline. The database helps you make choices about which articles you want to see - by subject, dates of publication, overall topic, and more. Google and Google Scholar, while vast, do no quality control on the content they provide or give you good tools to narrow your focus. 

Recommended databases for Physics

The American Institute of Physics (AIP) is the main organization for physics in the United States. The AIP Scitation database searches all of its important and best quality publications. This is the best place to start scholarly research.

arXiv is a database of pre-print research articles in math, physics, and other topics. Pre-print means that the content is not in its final, published form, so the full recommendations from peer reviewers are not present. This is one way in which Physics differs from other disciplines - arXiv is a valuable resource without full peer-review. 

SPIE Digital Library is a database of applied optics and photonics research. 

Find top Physics journals

In this list, Physics is the same as Physical Sciences. 

Anatomy of an article