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Finding journal articles
This section contains:
- guides and links for databases for finding articles.
- our tutorial on finding articles for physics, designed to help with your project work.
- a link to browzine which lets you browse physics journals.
- some troubleshooting information in case you have problems with online journals.
Key Resources for Physics
Inspec This link opens in a new window
INSPEC covers physics, electronics and electrical engineering, and computing and also includes some material of relevance to nanotechnology and materials. It covers journal articles and conference papers, plus significant books, technical reports, and dissertations. It is a well indexed database which is a good starting point for the physics, computing and electrical engineering.
IOP Science This link opens in a new window
Online journals from the Institute of Physics. If you are not on campus choose institutional login to access full text
Science Direct This link opens in a new window
Journal articles from the publisher Elsevier. Advanced search gives you the option to choose subscribed journals so that you only find results available to you immediately - useful for getting started on a topic.
Scopus This link opens in a new window
Scopus is an abstract and citation database of research literature and quality web sources in the fields of Medicine, Social Sciences, Physical Sciences and Life Sciences. The database also provides information on citation analysis for specific articles, authors, and journal metrics.
Web of Science This link opens in a new window
A scientific citation indexing service that provides a comprehensive citation search. It gives access to multiple databases that reference cross-disciplinary research, which allows for in-depth exploration of specialised sub-fields within an academic or scientific discipline.
Document supply request
If Swansea doesn't have access to the article you want our Document Supply service may be able to get a copy. Remember to plan ahead if you need this as items can take some time to arrive.
How do I find articles in science subjects?
Google Scholar and Semantic Scholar
Google Scholar searches for scholarly materials. It is unclear what is indexed and how, however, so Google Scholar should be used in conjunction with other academic databases for more reliable results. It is important to note that on Campus Google Scholar links to some subscribed content. You can enable this feature on your device by going to the Google Menu, Settings, Library links and then selecting Swansea University from the access links for list.
Semantic Scholar is an artificial-intelligence backed search engine for academic publications including peer-reviewed research. It is useful to use alongside Google Scholar as the results can as it uses AI to extract meaning from research literature differ. To get started, visit semanticscholar.org and search for a paper, author, topic, or keyword. You can filter by field, date range, conference, and more to refine the search results as well as sort by relevance or recency.
Increasing visibility of Open Access content
Search the world’s largest collection of open access research papers
It's the biggest collection of open access full texts, making it an unparalleled research tool
Read about the huge, global and widely used data hosted by CORE
OpenGrey is an open access multidisciplinary database. It provides references for grey literature including theses, research reports and technical reports.
Download the browser extension to easily access full-text journal articles within our subscriptions when you are browsing the web and databases such as Scopus and PubMed.
Lawrlwythwch estyniad y porwr i gael mynediad hawdd at destun llawn erthyglau mewn cyfnodolion yn ein tanysgrifiadau wrth bori’r we a chronfeydd data megis Scopus a PubMed.
Troubleshooting online journals
Many of our journals are available online, both on campus and from elsewhere using your Swansea University username and password. The documents below should help with common problems but if you still can't get into something which you think we subscribe to please let us know.