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This short article describes a "three pass" method for reading research articles. I find it to be really helpful - give it a try!

Main Physics Databases

  • arXiv
    arXiv is a highly-automated electronic archive and distribution server for research articles in physics, mathematics, computer science, nonlinear sciences, quantitative biology and statistics. Openly accessible and moderated, the articles in arXiv are NOT peer-reviewed. arXiv is maintained and operated by the Cornell University Library with guidance from the arXiv Scientific Advisory Board and the arXiv Sustainability Advisory Group.
  • Inspec  Icon
    Indexes scientific and technical journals in physics, electrical engineering, electronics, communications, control engineering, computers and computing, and information technology. Coverage: 1969-present. Updated weekly.
  • Institute of Physics  Icon
    Full text articles of titles subscribed to by the WMU Libraries and tables of contents access to all of their published titles. Create an account for e-mail alerting, to save searches or maintain a personal file of articles.
  • Institute of Physics Archives  Icon
  • SAO/NASA Astrophysics Data System
    The SAO/NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS) is a Digital Library portal for researchers in Astronomy and Physics, operated by the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (SAO) under a NASA grant. The ADS maintains three bibliographic databases containing more than 10.0 million records: Astronomy and Astrophysics, Physics, and arXiv e-prints.
  • SPIN  Icon
    SPIN contains the abstracts of over 80 scientific journals published by the American Institute of Physics and its member societies since 1975, as well as selected articles from other scientific journals, totalling approximately 800,000 articles.... SPIN is updated daily.

General Science Databases

  • Web of Science  Icon
    This index includes several research and citation databases. The Core Collection contains seven major databases: (1) Science Citation Index Expanded (1900-present), (2) Social Sciences Citation Index (1900-present), and (3) Arts & Humanities Citation Index (1975-present), (4) Conference Proceedings Citation Index (1994-present), (5) Book Citation Index (2005-present), (6) Current Chemical Reactions (1994-present), and (7) Index Chemicus (1994-present) . Cited Reference Search allows users to search for articles that cite a particular author or work. Additional databases can also be accessed though the Web of Science platform, including: BIOSIS Citation Index, BIOSIS Previews, Current Contents Direct, Data Citation Index, Derwent Innovations Index, INSPEC, MEDLINE, and Zoological Record. Tutorial
    Library users should use the Chrome browser for full functionality of this database.
  • Web of Science Tutorial
    Online guide to using Web of Science.

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