Physics

Subject Librarian
email Kathleen Flynn

emailkflynn@albany.edu
phone(518) 437-3943
location_onScience Library: SL-142

Key Databases

INSPEC

INSPEC is the world's largest bibliographic database in the field of physics, electrical engineering and electronics, computers and control engineering, and information technology. Over 330,000 new records from 4,000 journals and 2,000 conference proceedings are added each year.

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Coverage:
1968 +
Updated:
Daily
Fulltext:
Yes, selected
Access limitations:
No limitation on concurrent users
Data Citation Index

Index of repository data from around the world, for a wide range of disciplines.

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Coverage:
Varies
Updated:
Varies
Fulltext:
Selected
Access limitations:
No limitation on concurrent users
Book citation index - Science

Supports cited reference searching for scholarly books in the sciences.

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Coverage:
2005 - Current
Updated:
Varies
Fulltext:
Selected
Access limitations:
No limitation on concurrent users
Web of Science (also known as WOS)

The Libraries' Web of Science subscription includes coverage from 1983 on for Science Citation Index, Social Sciences Citation Index, Arts and Humanities Citation Index. It also includes citation coverage for books, conference proceedings, data sets, patents and other materials (coverage dates vary).

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Coverage:
1983+
Updated:
regularly
Fulltext:
Yes
Access limitations:
No limitation on concurrent users
arXiv

Started in 1991, arXiv is a repository and distribution server for research articles in physics, mathematics, statistics, computer science, nonlinear sciences, and quantitative biology. arXiv is open access and operated by Cornell University Library.

Coverage:
1991+
Updated:
Daily
Fulltext:
Yes
Access limitations:
No limitation on concuirrent users.
IEEE/IET Electronic Library (IEL)

Covering Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Physics, and related subjects, IEL is an extensive collection containing 179 IEEE journals, magazines, and transactions; 26 Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) journals and magazines; 1,400+ IEEE conference titles; 20+ IET conference and seminar digests; and over 2,800 IEEE approved standards. IEL replaces IEEE Computer Society Digital Library and IEEE All-Society Periodicals Package.

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Coverage:
1872+
Updated:
updated daily
Fulltext:
Yes
Access limitations:
No limitation on concurrent users
MEDLINE with Full Text [via ProQuest]

MEDLINE with Full Text provides authoritative medical information on medicine, nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, the health care system, pre-clinical sciences, and much more. MEDLINE with Full Text uses MeSH (Medical Subject Headings) indexing with tree, tree hierarchy, subheadings and explosion capabilities to search citations from over 4,800 current biomedical journals. The database provides full text for more than 1,470 journals indexed in MEDLINE.

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Coverage:
Varies
Updated:
Daily
Fulltext:
Yes, selected
Access limitations:
No limitation on concurrent users
APS (American Physical Society) Journals

Access is provided to current content and backfiles for all of the journals published by the American Physical Society. This journal collection is also called the Physical Review Online Archive (PROLA). It includes: Physical Review (sections A - E), Physical Review Letters, Reviews of Modern Physics, Physical Review Focus, Physical Review Special Topics - Accelerators and Beams, and Physical Review Special Topics - Physics Education Research. The backfiles include access to the earliest volumes of Physical Review (1893+ ), Reviews of Modern Physics (1929+ ), and Physical Review Letters (1958+ ).

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Coverage:
1893 +
Updated:
Continually
Fulltext:
Yes
Access limitations:
No limitation on concurrent users
SciFinder (new users)

SciFinder is only available to registered users. Registration instructions for University at Albany faculty, students, and staff. SciFinder Registration Instructions

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Coverage:
1907 +
Updated:
Daily
Fulltext:
Yes, selected
Access limitations:
No limitation on concurrent users
SciFinder (registered users)

SciFinder is the Web version of Chemical Abstracts and includes the CAplus database, the CAS Registry file, and Medline. It contains citations and abstracts from journals, conference proceedings, patents, and dissertations, as well as chemical substance and reaction information. SciFinder replaces the SciFinder Scholar client version.

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Coverage:
1907 +
Updated:
Daily
Fulltext:
Yes, selectetd
Access limitations:
No limitation on concurrent users
SPIE Digital Library

The SPIE Digital Library contains an extensive research collection on optics and photonics from 11 peer-reviewed journals and over 8,000 conference proceedings. More than 18,000 conference papers and journals articles are added each year.

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Coverage:
1962+
Updated:
Continually
Fulltext:
Yes
Access limitations:
No limitation on concurrent users

Other Databases

AIP Conference Proceedings

The American Institute of Physics (AIP) publishes the findings presented at many of the most important scientific meetings around the world. The papers from the proceeding are available from volume 1 forward for all subseries and subject areas.

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Coverage:
1970 +
Updated:
Continually
Fulltext:
Yes
Access limitations:
No limitation on concurrent users
AIP Journals

Online access is provided to the following AIP (American Institute of Physics) journals, usually from volume 1 forward: Applied Physics Letters, Biomicrofluidics, Journal of Applied Physics, Journal of Chemical Physics, Journal of Mathematical Physics, Journal of Physical and Chemical Reference Data (vol. 28, 1999+), and Review of Scientific Instruments.

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Coverage:
1930 +
Updated:
Continually
Fulltext:
Yes
Access limitations:
No limitation on concurrent users
Applied Science & Technology Source (includes Applied Science and Technology Full Text)

Providing access to the full text from more than 1,400 journals and magazines, this database covers academic journals, trade journals, professional society journals, directories, buyers’ guides, and conference proceedings. Subjects covered include applied mathematics, artificial intelligence, chemistry, computing, information technology, energy, engineering, materials, robotics, solid state technologies, and textiles. Applied Science and Technology Sources was formed by the merger of EBSCO and Wilson databases, and includes coverage of the Industrial Arts Index (1913-1957).

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Coverage:
1913+
Updated:
continually
Fulltext:
Yes, selected.
Access limitations:
No limitation on concurrent users
Computers & Applied Sciences Complete

Indexes and abstracts over 1,900 academic journals and professional publications, and provides full text access to more than 830 periodical, books, conferences, and encyclopedias. Subject coverage includes computing theory and practice; engineering and applied science; and social and business implication of technology.

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Coverage:
Varies with publication
Updated:
Continually
Fulltext:
Yes
Access limitations:
No limitation on concurrent users
Directory of Open Access Journals

The Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) covers free, full text, quality controlled scientific and scholarly journals, with the goal of covering all subjects and languages. More than 800 open access journals are in the directory.

DOAJ is hosted by Lund University Libraries Head Office . The project is funded by Open Society Institute - Budapest and also supported by SPARC, The Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition.

Coverage:
Varies by individual title
Updated:
Includes information regarding titles added in the last thirty days
Fulltext:
Yes
Access limitations:
No limitation on concurrent users
Energy Citations Database

The Energy Citations Database contains bibliographic records for energy and energy-related scientific and technical information from 1948 to the present. It was designed and developed by the U.S.Department of Energy's Office of Scientific and Technical Information to provide better access to information produced by DOE and its predecessor agencies. The bibliographic records include citations to technical reports, conference papers, journal articles, books, dissertations, and patents.

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Coverage:
1948 +
Updated:
Continually
Fulltext:
Yes, selected
Access limitations:
No limitation on concurrent users
Google Scholar  

Scholarly, multidisciplinary database for access to articles, papers, books, theses, etc. in the social sciences, humanities and sciences. (In order to link to materials owned by the University at Albany Libraries, you must set preferences when off campus. When you open up Google Scholar, select Settings. Then under Library Links check University at Albany, State University of New York - Full-Text @ My Library, SUNY - Albany - ProQuest Fulltext, University at Albany SUNY - Cengage Gale Full Text, University at Albany, SUNY - Find It @ UAlbany Libs, and Open Worldcat.)

Coverage:
Varies
Updated:
Daily
Fulltext:
No (Links to University Libraries and free resources)
Access limitations:
No limitation on concurrent users
Index Translationum

Published by UNESCO, it is a bibliography of books translated and published in about 100 UNESCO nations. There are over 1,300,000 records covering nearly all subjects including natural and exact sciences, social and human sciences, literature, art, and history.

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Coverage:
1979 +
Updated:
Quarterly
Fulltext:
No
Access limitations:
No limitation on concurrent users
INSPIRE

Compiled by the labs at CERN, DESY, Fermilab and SLAC, this database covers high-energy physics including journal articles, preprints, e-prints, technical reports, conference papers, and theses. It is based on SPIRES, and contains records from 1974 forward.

Coverage:
1974 +
Updated:
Continually
Fulltext:
Yes, selected
Access limitations:
No limitation on concurrent users
International Critical Tables of Numeric Data, Physics, Chemistry and Technology

ICT contains the best (critical) data derived from the literature up to 1924. It includes data on physical, thermodynamic, mechanical, and other important properties for chemistry, physics, and engineering. The data is presented as text, equations, tables, graphs, and charts. ICT is fully searchable and the index is hyperlinked to the data. The Science Library owns the original print version; it can be found at SCIENCE REF Q 199 N32.

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Coverage:
Up to 1924
Updated:
Not updated
Fulltext:
Yes
Access limitations:
No limitation on concurrent users
IOP Electronic Journals

This service provides access to all published articles for the current 10 years, in the Institute of Physics journals that the Libraries subscribes to. A complete list of journals can be found at http://www.iop.org/EJ/librarians/.

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Coverage:
Current ten years
Updated:
Continually
Fulltext:
Yes
Access limitations:
No limitation on concurrent users
IOP Historic Archive

This service provides access to all published articles in all of the Institute of Physics journals from 1874 forward (except for the last 10 years). A complete list of journals and years of coverate can be found at http://www.iop.org/EJ/archive/-full=archive.

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Coverage:
1874 + (except for the last 10 years)
Updated:
Annually
Fulltext:
Yes
Access limitations:
No limitation on concurrent users
knovel Critical Tables

Knovel has developed a new online resource, knovel Critical Tables (kCT). It is based on the International Critical Tables of Numeric Data, Physics, Chemistry, and Technology, and includes up-to-date, evaluated data on over 13,000 compounds. The tables contain data on organic and inorganic compounds, and pure substances. New tables will be added to kCT on a regular basis. kCT is fully searchable.

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Coverage:
N/A
Updated:
Regularly
Fulltext:
Yes
Access limitations:
No limitation on concurrent users
MRS Advances

Containing peer-reviewed papers, MRS Advances continues the MRS Proceedings Library. It includes rapid reports from MRS of new and emerging materials science.

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Coverage:
2016+
Updated:
Continually
Fulltext:
Yes
Access limitations:
No limitation on concurrent users
MRS Proceedings Library

Published by the Materials Research Society, the MRS Proceedings Library contains peer-reviewed papers presented at MRS meetings. Online content began with volume 1, 1980. Continued by MRS Advances.

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Coverage:
1980 - 2016
Updated:
no longer updated
Fulltext:
Yes
Access limitations:
No limitation on concurrent users
NTIS - National Technical Reports Library

The National Technical Information Service maintains and disseminates a large collection of scientific, technical, engineering, and business-related information produced for and by U.S. government agencies. The NTIS database contains the records of millions of publications along with audiovisual materials, computer data files, and software. Nearly 1,000 new items are added weekly, many only available through NTIS. All records include an abstract, and many of the publications are freely available in PDF format. Other documents and materials may be purchased.

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Coverage:
1964 +
Updated:
Weekly
Fulltext:
Yes, selected
Access limitations:
No limitation on concurrent users
Optical Society of America (OSA) Conference Papers

OSA Conference Papers contain the proceedings presented at Optical Society of American conferences from 1979 forward. OSA continually adds content from current and past conferences. A typical paper is 1-3 pages in length.

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Coverage:
1979+
Updated:
Continually
Fulltext:
Yes
Access limitations:
No limitation on concurrent users
ScienceDirect

Contains the full-text of over 1,100 Elsevier journals. Backfile coverage starts with 1995.

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Coverage:
1995+
Updated:
Varies
Fulltext:
Yes
Access limitations:
No limitation on concurrent users.
Smithsonian Physical Tables (9th Revised Edition)

Originally published in 1964, the Smithsonian Physical Tables covers a wide range of common physical and chemical data. It includes general physical constants and units of measurement as well as tables on photometry, mechanical properties, building materials, density, acoustics, diffusion, geomagnetism, radiation, abundance of substances, colloids, electron emission, fission, and gravitation. The 901 tables are fully searchable and the index is hyperlinked to the data. The Science Library owns the original print version; it can be found at Q 11 S7 V.120.

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Coverage:
N/A
Updated:
N/A
Fulltext:
Yes
Access limitations:
No limitation on concurrent users
Springer LINK

Extensive collection of fulltext journal articles from the science publisher Springer. Access the fulltext electronic version of articles from journals to which the Libraries subscribe. Please see the list of subscribed titles.

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Coverage:
Varies
Updated:
Varies
Fulltext:
Yes, selected
Access limitations:
No limitation on concurrent users
Wiley Online Library

Multidisciplinary collection of online resources covering life, health and physical sciences, social science, and the humanities.

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Coverage:
N/A
Updated:
Continually
Fulltext:
Yes
Access limitations:
No limitation on concurrent users