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Subject guide


Overview of databases, reference works and websites for research in Physics.

The paper collection is available in the Gorlaeus library. Books with a more mathematical approach are placed in the library Mathematics & Computer Science, on the 2nd floor of the Snellius building.

The main sources for finding articles within Physics are Web of Science and Google Scholar.

Databases that are interesting for research at the intersections with other disciplines: ADS for astronomy, MathSciNet for mathematics, SciFinder for chemistry, ACM en CiteseerX for computer science.

Searching for Open Access articles in Arxiv

In theoretical physics in particular it is common for articles, even before they are published, to be put on the open access platform Arxiv.org. Setting an alert for new articles in arXiv is therefore a good way to keep yourself informed of research trends.

Please note: items in arXiv are not peer-reviewed. If you want to use an article as a reference, first find out if the article was published in a scientific journal (see the heading Journal reference). Also make sure you're using the latest version!

Technical papers and theses are often written using the typesetting program LaTeX. However, not all reference managers are equipped to handle LaTeX. The free reference manager Mendeley, available for Windows, Mac and Ubuntu Linux, manages a BibTeX file that you can attach to your LaTeX documents. This way references can still be captured, stored and organised in one place.