Physics

Physics Research

  • Books: use the library catalogue to find books
  • Reserves material - specific reading material selected by instructors of specific courses in physics
  • Help: For help with your physics research efforts, contact the Library's Information Desk (in person, using the AskUs tool on the Library website, by email reference@upei.ca, call 566-0696) or your Physics Subject Librarian, Mark Leggott, mleggott@upei.ca, 569-0460.
  • Quick lookup information - formulas, physical properties of materials, biographies of scientists, quick summaries of basic concepts
  • Video:
  • Articles:
    • Physics-related databases available through Robertson Library:
      Title Description
      IOP Electronic Journals (Institute of Physics) Provides full text access to over 100 IOP electronic journals. Subjects covered include atomic, molecular, optical, mathematical & general physics.
      PROLA Physical Review Online Archive Contains nearly complete electronic copies of Physical Review journals from their initial volume through the present day.
      ArXiv An electronic archive for research articles, including physics, math, computer science, nonlinear sciences, quantitative biology, and statistics.
      Web of Science (Backfile)

      Backfile thru December 2009 for Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI), Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI) & Arts & Humanities Citation Index (AHCI)

       

      Why just the backfile? See the Web of Science Subscription 2010.

      Google Scholar Searches scholarly literature across many disciplines and sources, including peer-reviewed papers, theses, books, abstracts, and articles.
      Wiley Online Wiley Online is a multidisciplinary collection of online resources covering life, health and physical sciences, social science, and the humanities.
      MathSciNet

      Searchable web database providing access to over 58 years of Mathematical Reviews and Current Mathematical Publications.

      NOTE: As of Sept 2015, the entire MathSciNet database is also included within OneSearch. You can do a normal OneSearch search, then use the Databases Included at the bottom left to restrict results to MathSciNet.

      Search tips:

      • Adjacency (not AND) is assumed within a field. For example, the search text "invertible matrix" will match only those cases in which the two words occur consecutively. It will not match "invertible triangular matrix".
      • Boolean operators (AND, OR, NOT) may be entered between search terms. 
      • The wildcard character is the asterisk (*) and may be used in all fields except MR Number and Mathematics Subject Classifications fields (MSC Primary/Secondary and MSC Primary). If no wildcard is used, the search will look for exact word matches and also for the plural (or singular) of the words entered.
      • The search may be restricted to the singular [plural] search terms by using the exclamation mark (!) at the end of the singular [plural] word. For example, "matrix" will match both "matrix" and "matrices" while "matrix!" will match "matrix" but not "matrices". 
      • Searches are not case-sensitive.
      • Accented characters encoded in ISO Latin may be used in search strings.

      Tutorials

      A 5.5-minute Youtube tutorial covering basic usage [KTH Royal Institute of Technology]

      A more in-depth Quick-Start Guide [AMS]

      Academic Search Complete A multi-disciplinary database which provides full text for more than 8,500 periodicals, including full text for over 7,300 peer-reviewed journals.
      INSPEC

      Robertson Library at UPEI provides access to Inspec through EBSCOhost. Although it is possible to search across multiple databases on EBSCOhost, it is suggested that you limit your search to one database at a time to allow for the maximum number of search fields. 

      Subject coverage: 
      physics, electrical/electronic engineering, computing, control engineering, information technology, production, manufacturing and mechanical engineering.  Inspec also has significant coverage in areas such as materials science, oceanography, nuclear engineering, geophysics, biomedical engineering and biophysics.

      Size:  
      Inspec contains 15 million bibliographic records from 4600 active journals and more than 2500 conference proceedings per year. Inspec goes back to 1969. Inspec is up-dated weekly and is growing at the rate of over 840,000 records each year. The Inspec Archive contains 873,700 records and covers from 1898-1968.

      Search:  
      by any of the fields, including title, author, author affiliation, Inspec controlled term, uncontrolled terms, numerical indexing, chemical indexing, astronomical object indexing, etc. 

      Limit by:  
      publication type, language, source, country of publication, linked full text, treatment type, year or range of years, IPC Section or Inspec Classification  

      Sort by: 
      relevance, date, author or source

      Phrase search:  
      to guarantee that the phrase is an exact match, quotation marks should be used, e.g. "dipole moment"

      Truncation:
      * will retrieve an unlimited number of characters, e.g. manag* will pick up manage, manager, managers, managerial, etc. 

      ? will substitute a single character, e.g. wom?n will pick up either woman or women

      # will retrieve zero or one character, e.g. flavo#r

      Refine Search:  
      Search results can be refined using facets on the right of the results

      Additional Services: 
      You can email, print, save to folder, or download results to a bibliographic utility such as EndNote.

      EBSCOhost will automatically run your search each week and send any new updates directly to you via email or RSS (click on "share" and then email or RSS).

      Additional Information:
      For more detailed information and documentation about Inspec please see:http://www.theiet.org/resources/inspec/support/docs/index.cfm

       

      The Inspec Database on the EBSCOhost platform: subject search examples

      This is the first of two videos showing Inspec search examples on the EBSCOhost platform. This video demonstrates how using Inspec’s subject indexing may be used to refine and retrieve results that closely match the searcher’s requirements. The different search options are reviewed including how to refine your search and use Inspec keywords, classification codes and IPC (International Patent Classification) codes to produce accurate results.

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      The Inspec Database on the EBSCOhost platform: author, affiliation and other special searches

      This is the second of two videos showing Inspec search examples on the EBSCOhost platform. This video demonstrates how to carry out effective searches for authors, author affiliations, conference and source information, publication types, language, treatment codes and keywords in publication titles.

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      This guide provided courtesy of The IET

      Contact engineering librarian Rosie Le Faive for more information about this resource.

      OneSearch (EBSCO EDS - Proxied) OneSearch (EBSCO Discovery Service) searches most of Robertson Library's licensed content in a single search.
      ScienceDirect Provides full text to peer-reviewed journals from Elsevier Science, including a large number of journals in the life sciences.