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

All Physics Fields

  • American Institute of Physics Journals
  • arXiv - An open access (free) eprint archive for physics, mathematics, computer science, and more
  • 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


  • 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 + CERN opendata

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)

    Guide for Conducting a Literature Review

    Guide for Systematic Reviews and other Knowledge Syntheses

    Physics Organizations

    Content last reviewed: April 21, 2021