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Physics & Astronomy

Journal Articles | Background | Books & Videos

How do I read a scientific article?

This movie from Purdue can step you through it.(Thanks to Michael Fosmire, Purdue University)

Finding Journals

Use Periodical Locator to find all Physics and Astronomy journals.

Finding Articles


Look for and use the following icons while searching article databases:

Link Finder Plus

Link to full-text online when available.

ILL/Article Delivery

Request an electronic copy of an article.  Delivery is usually within 1 to 2 days if the journal is available at JMU.  May take longer if it must be ordered from another library.


Use the databases below to find scholarly research articles.

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Excellent source for citation searching or finding original articles in physics. Check out the list of journals they index here.  [more info]
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Run by NASA, this digital library has data for physics and astrophysics.
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The HEP database includes high energy physics, some astrophysics, accelerator physics, and particle and atomic physics literature.  [more info]
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[tutorial] Indexes and abstracts periodical articles in chemistry...  [more info]
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Search several Materials Research resources simultaneously.  [more info]
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ArXiv is an e-print repository in the fields of physics, mathematics, computer science, quantitative biology, quantitative finance and statistics. Note: arXiv is not a journal, it is a repository of papers that have usually been submitted to - but not yet printed in - a journal. Use and cite articles contained therein appropriately.  [more info]


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