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Information Resources for Physics and Astronomy

Cardiff University subscribes to a wealth of resources to help in your research.  This page highlights some of the best routes to accessing academic information in the subject area of Physics and Astronomy.


Find books

Search for books held within the University's libraries (and eBooks you can access online) using the LibrarySearch catalogue. Make sure you have the Library Collections tab selected if you’re looking for books (more information on using the other tab, ArticleSearch, is below). There is lots of help available for using LibrarySearch.


Find academic publications such as journal articles and conference papers

ArticleSearch from LibrarySearch is an easy way to find some online journal articles and other high quality sources on a topic.  It’s important to sign in to get full access.  ArticleSearch doesn’t cover all of the online journals in the library collection but it is a quick and easy starting point and all results will be available in full-text.  To use ArticleSearch, go to LibrarySearch and select the ArticleSearch tab. Leave QuickSearch as the setting in the menu on the right-hand side.

Databases such as Scopus and Web of Science identify articles across a huge range of journal titles. Sometimes databases offer direct access to the full text if Cardiff University subscribes to the journal.  If full-text access isn't offered through the database you are using, click the Check for full text button if the database has one, or use LibrarySearch to search for the title of the journal in which the article is published to see the date ranges for which we have access in print, online or both.




ADS Astrophysics Data System 




(unlike the others in the list, this is an open access database where papers are freely available to all)

ADS is a Digital Library portal for researchers in Astronomy and Physics operated by the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (SAO) under a NASA grant. ADS consists of three bibliographic databases containing more than 8.5 million records: Astronomy and Astrophysics, Physics, and arXiv e-prints. Full text is available for some of the records.

Ei Compendex(Engineering Village)

Scientific and technical content. An engineering database which also includes material in the Physical Sciences.

IEEE Xplore

Access to IEEE (the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) transactions, journals, magazines and conference proceedings.

PubMed From the National Library of Medicine, useful database for medical engineering topics.


Multi-disciplinary content in a wide range of scientific disciplines.


Multi-disciplinary content including publications in the  scientific, technical, medical and social science fields.

Web of Science

Multi-disciplinary content.  

Some databases require your Cardiff University network username and password for off-campus access.  These databases are available for all staff and students of Cardiff University but because of licensing restrictions they are not available to external members and visitors.


Google Scholar is a useful search engine for finding academic publications.  If you use it on-campus it will automatically connect you to Cardiff University subscribed full-text but if you use it at home you will need to set this up.  At the top right hand side of the screen click on Settings then Library links.  Enter Cardiff University in the search box and then select the Cardiff University results by ticking in the boxes.  The Full Text @ Cardiff links will now appear with your results and you will be able to access subscribed full-text articles once you log in with your network username and password.


Find theses

Cardiff University theses

Recent Cardiff University theses – August 2011 to date

Recent theses are available from ORCA (Online Research @ Cardiff) Cardiff University’s institutional repository.  From August 2011 an electronic copy of all research degree theses by Cardiff University students has been deposited in ORCA.  Some copies of older theses have also been added to ORCA.

Search tip: Use ORCA’s Advanced Search screen.  This gives you the option to include only theses in your results list and to narrow your search by Subject or School.

Older Cardiff University theses – before August 2011

Older theses are available in print and are listed on LibrarySearch.
Search tip: Add the term ‘thesis’ along with your keywords into the search box in LibrarySearch to search for theses.

Theses from other Universities

The Finding Theses page has a number of useful suggestions to assist you in accessing theses from the UK and around the world.


Get help

The Subject Librarians in Trevithick Library are happy to help with any questions you have about finding information for Physics and Astronomy:

Trevithick Library Contact Details

Phone:029 2087 4286