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Physics and Astronomy Subject Guide: Home

Subject Guide - help and guidance on finding resources in your subject area

 Welcome to the Physics & Astronomy LibGuide

   Use this Subject LibGuide to help you make the most of the library and information resources and services.

New to the University?  Explore the Library Induction to learn all about the Library basics. 


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Where to start your search

Library Search

Search for print books, ebooks, journals, articles + more.  Use Library Search LibGuide for guidance.

For a full selection of databases and archives, use the A-Z Databases List.

Online tutorials


Expand your search

  • Oxford Scholarship - Over 450 Physics/Astronomy titles published by Oxford University Press

  • Springer Link - Over 450 Physics/Astronomy titles published by Springer

  • eBookCentral -  Over 1700 Physics/Astronomy titles from a variety of publishers

  • Cambridge Core - Over 1700 Physics/Astronomy titles published by Cambridge University Press

  • Oxford Handbooks - Several handbooks covering Nanoscience, Cosmology and Soft Condensed Matter


Use the Databases A-Z List to access all the resources available to you.

You can browse by subject (e.g. Physics and Astronomy) or type (e.g.Journals, News, Data etc.) or search to find your required resource.

SCOPUS - The SCOPUS Quick Reference Guide will introduce you to the database.

Web of Science - Use the Web of Science LibGuide for comprehensive support and training

IEEE Xplore - IEEE Xplore provide a number of useful video tutorials; sharing tips and techniques to improve your searching. 

ScienceDirect - ScienceDirect provide a range of help materials including a series of online tutorials.

MathSciNet - Use the QuickStart guide if you are new to this resources. This has lots of hints and tips to help you search effectively. You can also use the Help Tutorials to view demonstrations of the various database functions.

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Effective Searching & Referencing

It is important to plan your search strategy, and manage your search results so that you get the most from your online searching.

Keep a record of all the material you need to cite in your assignments, papers, projects etc. 

Use the Search Techniques and Referencing guidance to assist you.

  • It is  easy to be overwhelmed by the sheer breadth of information available to you.  
  • Invest time in planning an effective online search strategy so that you can quickly and easily discover relevant and high quality information. 


As you search you need to keep track of all the material you will be using in your academic work so that you can cite and reference it appropriately.

Top Tip

Always check your module handbook for specific departmental guidance on the style required for your assessed works and dissertations.  Check with your personal tutor or dissertation supervisor if you need clarification.

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Find out more about the skills support available to help you develop a range of academic skills including essay writing, referencing, critical reading and getting the most out of lectures.

Academic Skills Support

Sage Research Methods Online (SRMO) is a great resource to use when you are planning and conducting your research. 

It is targeted at social science researchers but is useful across all subject areas as it covers key research methodology topics that are applicable across the research spectrum.

Sage have produced a comprehensive LibGuide to help you get the best from the resource.

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