Research Tip Sheet - for systematically searching academic databases (+ video tutorial | 2:25)

All Physics Fields

  • American Institute of Physics Journals
  • arXiv - An open access (free) archive for physics, mathematics, computer science, and more. Note that this is a preprint server, so many articles are uploaded before peer review or publishing
  • Google Scholar - A broad search for academic sources, which can include free sources not available in other databases.
  • IOPScience - A collection of Institute of Physics (IOP) journals covering both applied and pure physics
  • Scholars Portal Journals - Provides access to a large number of articles from major academic publishers covering all fields
  • ScienceDirect Journals - Provides access to Elsevier journals in the physical sciences, engineering, life sciences, health sciences and social sciences
  • Scopus - A large multidisciplinary database useful for finding scientific literature and analyzing citations
  • SpringerLink - Sciences and Engineering
  • Web of Science - A large multidisciplinary database useful for finding scientific literature and analyzing citations (Video Tutorial | 9:47)


  • Astrophysics Data System (ADS) - Abstracts in astronomy and physics, provided by NASA’s Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory


Computational Physics

  • ACM Digital Library - All articles and other documents published by the Association for Computing Machinery
  • Inspec - A bibliographic database covering physics, electrical engineering and electronics, computers and control engineering, and information technology

Engineering Physics


  • GeoRef - Citations and abstracts to journal articles, books, maps, conference papers, reports, and theses in the geosciences

High-Energy and Nuclear Physics

Medical Physics

  • PubMed - A database from the US National Center for Biotechnology Information, useful when researching topics in medical physics

Particle Physics

  • CERN Document Server - Bibliographic database from the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) containing information about full-text preprints, articles, books, journals, and photographs on particle physics and related areas

Ebooks can be found through Omni on the Library's home page.

Also try searching or browsing in the following ebook collections:

Also note that all of Carleton's ebooks can be found through the library's homepage, using the large search box.  Conduct a keyword search, then isolate to Available Online (under Availability) + Books (under Resource Type)

  • CURVE - Includes Carleton theses and dissertations, as well as other research deposited by faculty, staff, and students
  • Dissertations and Theses Global - Theses and dissertations from around the world

Other sources for theses and dissertations

Physics Organizations

Content last reviewed: September 15, 2020